Ryan ready to take centre stage

Ryan Morgan is the latest centre from Australia to play for the Saints - following the likes of Mal Meninga (pictured), Matt Gidley and Jamie Lyon
Ryan Morgan is the latest centre from Australia to play for the Saints - following the likes of Mal Meninga (pictured), Matt Gidley and Jamie Lyon

Mal Meninga, Matt Gidley and Jamie Lyon - a trio of Australian centres - who set Knowsley Road alight during their trophy-winning time at St Helens.

Now fellow countryman Ryan Morgan is set to step into their boots and hopefully enjoy as much success as his predecessors.

The former Melbourne Storm no. 3 has signed a three-year deal and says he is excited at the prospect of pulling on the red vee jersey of what he describes as ‘one of the most famous Rugby League clubs in the world’.

He is particular keen to make his mark playing alongside the likes of Jonny Lomax, a fit-again Tom Makinson, Mark Percival, Adam Swift, Theo Fages and Matty Smith - a frightening-looking one to seven with genuine pace to burn.

“I’ve always wanted to come over to England at some stage and may have regretted not doing so,” said Morgan, who started his senior career with the Eels in 2011.

He went on: “Initially, I spoke to head coach Keiron Cunningham on the telephone and his passion and dedication to Saints was immediately obvious to me and he also explained how he wanted to build the club going forward.

I spoke to Keiron Cunningham on the telephone and his passion and dedication to Saints was immediately obvious

Ryan Morgan

“I then spoke to my father and told him I couldn’t turn down a once-in-a-life-time offer like this. He gave it his own blessing and now I hope to buy into Keiron’s aims and ambitions.

“Naturally, I have ambitions of my own to fulfil and those obviously include success in both the Super League and the Challenge Cup.

“I’ve also watched footage of a number of Saints’ games and seen a few of their strengths and I will try to mould my game into how they play.”

Despite jetting into this country at a time when the winter weather began to bite, Morgan is having little difficulty in acclimatising.

“It was a bit of a culture shock at first but you don’t feel the cold when you are running laps non-stop and suitably wrapped up,” he said

The family atmosphere which exists at the club was evident to the Aussie from the moment he stepped off his incoming flight.

“There was someone from the club to greet me at the airport, find me a place to live and certainly welcomed me with open arms. I’ve not needed to ask for anything and so far everything has been great.”