Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook is warning his Saints teammates not to take his former club London Broncos lightly, despite their relegation from Super League.
The 28-year-old (pictured) had a heavy heart on seeing his old club dumped out of the top flight, but the England prop will need to distance himself from sentimentality as Saints look for to pick up another win on Saturday.
The club visit The Hive having beaten the Broncos 48-18 in May and McCarthy-Sarsbrook has warned his teammates not to expect an easy afternoon despite what the bookmakers may say.
“They are a team that never gives up,” he warned.
“I’ve told the boys - it was blooded into us from Brian McDermott (former coach of the London club), even if you are getting pumped you don’t give up, if you do, you’ll be hooked - straight off.
“If we go with the mindset we’ll walk over them we’re in for a tricky time.”
McCarthy-Scarsbrook joined Saints at the end of 2010 after having come through the ranks at the then named Harlequins RL and admitted he knew what was coming when Warrington confirmed his old club’s relegation.
“I knew they were losing then I looked on Twitter,” he said.
“My heart did sink a little bit. It was a bit sad because I had some really good times there.”
McCarthy-Scarsbrook, undoubtedly a key figure in Saints’ enviable pack this year, is focused on helping the club to silverware, starting with the League Leaders’ Shield.
“It’s so close at the top you have to be careful now if you’re leaking in tries at the end of the game,” he said.
“Browny’s getting frustrated with that. As a team we need to sort that out. We need to stop giving away silly tries.”
We switch off in the last 10 minutes and then they go and score three tries which makes the game look a lot closer than it was.”
But he also thinks the club can have a bright future, as long as they aim to break back into Super League, and credits them with good work raising young players across the capital such as his cousin Thomas.
“He’s nothing like me - he’s built like my uncle,” laughed McCarthy-Sarsbrook.
“He’s about four foot two and six feet wide. He’s 17 so playing under-19s, sometimes he plays 18s so he’s not too bad.
“I’ve been seeing how he goes but the academy haven’t been losing so he’s doing alright.
“It’s a light at the end of the tunnel - they are doing something right down there with the youth.”
The pathway to the top level for London-raised players is certainly showing positive signs, with the likes of Tony Clubb and Dan Sarginson plying their trade at Wigan and 21-year-old Mason Caton Brown signing for cashed-up Salford.