Turner: We gave Luke a boot-iful Saints welcome

Prankster Jordan Turner
Prankster Jordan Turner

Jordan Turner has revealed how he helped welcome star signing Luke Walsh to the Saints squad - with a string of pranks on the quietly-spoken Aussie ace.

Turner reckons Walsh could be the catalyst for bringing silverware back to Langtree Park but that hasn’t stopped him from playing a series of pranks on his new team-mate!

Former Penrith scrum-half Walsh arrived in St Helens with a lucrative boot deal which has become a source of amusement for practical joker Turner.

“There’s a load of old boots in the changing rooms and Luke’s got quite a handy sponsorship with a big brand, so every day after training I would swap his boots with a pair of old ones,” the 25-year-old ex-Hull FC man said. “He wasn’t happy about it but he took it well because he’s a great bloke.

“Luke already looks like just what we’ve been missing - he’s a breath of fresh air. He might be a quiet lad off the field but on the field you can’t shut him up!”

Turner, who was named Saints player of the year in 2013, admitted that the opening day demolition of rivals Warrington took some of his teammates by surprise.

But he pointed to the quality of debutants Walsh and Kyle Amor as one of the triggers - along with months of hard work on combinations on the training ground.

He said: “Kyle’s performance went a little bit under the radar, but I thought he was brilliant. It’s another thing we were missing last year - a bit more grunt and aggression.

“There’s definitely more aggression among the forwards in training, which is great to see. As a back, you want to play behind a big set of forwards who are going to dominate games. It makes our life so much easier.”

The versatile centre described the stunning flicked pass he sent out for Tommy Makinson’s try as “pure instinct” and praised the young winger for snapping up every try-scoring opportunity.

He also admitted he would be happy to play any position for Saints, joking he would even “have a go” at prop if required!

But a realistic Turner, who has been tipped for international honours, reckons the prospect of playing for England will only come if he plays consistently well for Saints.

“You get rewarded for playing well for your club. It would be selfish to be thinking of being picked for the international squads until the end of the year,” he said..

“The reason there weren’t many Saints players in the England World Cup squad was simply that we weren’t good enough last year. It’s still early days this season but by around the half way point we’ll have a better idea of where we all stand.”