SAINTS have been given a massive boost by news that powerhouse forward Sia Soliola will be available for Sunday’s trip to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The 27-year-old New Zealand international suffered ankle and foot damage in the England-Exiles match at Warrington in mid-June and following surgery was expected to be out of action for a minimum of 10 weeks.
But his powers of recovery have been quicker than anticipated and that’s good news for Saints as they battle to secure fifth spot before the end of the regular season.
Brown said: “Sia’s return is a great boost for the club and the player himself and will give us another dimension up front.”
All the squad which featured in last Friday’s 38-10 home victory over the London Broncos emerged unscathed and with half back Gareth O’Brien also likely to be fit in a further week or two after suffering concussion Brown will have even more options available.
Hooker James Roby, too, is progressing satisfactorily from an ankle injury and this week resumed light training.
“We haven’t a firm date when James will return to first team action but we will be assessing him daily and see how it goes, “ said Brown.
Saints will be looking for two points from their trip to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium where they face a side who now seem unlikely to clinch a top eight spot.
But Brown warned: “Wakefield are a dangerous team and it would be foolish to under-estimate them in any way.
“We will need to be at our best to succeed and fully expect a tough match.”
Saints don’t reminding that on their last visit to Wakefield they went down 33-32 and a similar close encounter could be on the cards.
Meanwhile, centre Mark Percival has undergone shoulder surgery which will rule him out for the rest of Super League XVIII.
“We felt it was best he had the operation now and be fit and ready to take part in pre-season training next year,” said the Saints’ boss.