Jordan Turner believes St Helens are going to have to stop ex-Saints star Leon Pryce if they are to win at Hull on Friday night.
The Oldham-born centre says that half back Pryce is key to Hull’s success this season and admits that he is someone that he watched as a youngster.
“Leon’s a great player and one that I have admired growing up, but he’s a fantastic player,” he said.
“The coaching staff here know him well so we know his qualities and we have to make sure we are on our guard and that we stop him.”
The 26 year-old will make his third appearance at the KC Stadium since leaving the Airlie Birds for Saints in 2013, and says that his old side are progressing every week.
They’re playing really well at the minute. They have great defence and I actually think they can really attack,” he said.
“But no matter what form they are in it’s always a tough place to go and play - up at the KC Stadium.”
Saints will be looking to get back in the Super League on track following a defeat in the south of France to Catalans, and Turner says that the result in Perpignan is something they are wanting to change.
“As a whole we were all disappointed with the team performance and our individual performances against Catalans,” he said.
“So we are looking to get back on the horse and get over this scratchy patch and get the points under our belts.”
Saints currently sit third in the Super League table behind leaders Leeds and rivals Wigan, as the season starts to get closer to the split and the Super 8 stage.
Turner, however, says that Saints are not looking any further ahead than the trip to Humberside on Friday night.
“To be honest we don’t talk about it too much, we’re just looking to get the win,” he said.
“I know it’s a cliché but we are taking things week by week, they have some great players and a great structure so we can only focus on Hull.”
And Saints’ top try-scorer this season is hoping that the supporters’ making the trip over the Pennines on Friday night are repaid with a win.
“Our fans always follow us in great numbers and we’re always looking to put a performance in for them,” he said.
“They pay good money to watch us and we don’t want to send them home disappointed.”