Magennis benefits from injury woe

St Helens youngster Shaun Magennis is one of an increasing number of youngsters to have benefited from the club’s injury problems this season.

Magennis, 21, who had his own injury nightmare last season, has made 11 appearances this season as Saints’ academy starlets have held their own in Super League.

He told the club’s official website: “You don’t wish injuries on your teammates, but they have been good for me as I have been getting game time,” he said. “I was in their shoes a few years back. Last year was pretty tough for me and now I’m in the first team, you get the bug and I just want to continue on playing there.

“It’s a good pack at the moment and when you look at the players around you – the likes of Roby, Graham and Perry, I am really lucky to be there. I am just trying to learn off them.

“When the likes of Warren Thompson and Scott Hale made their debuts, I tried to pass on a little bit of what it is like. That was a little strange considering I have only made 17 or so games.

“I am pleased with how it has been going, but I know I can get better and continue to improve. Sometimes I make mistakes and errors and I want to improve on that. I know I have to put in the work in training.

“Long term this spell will only benefit us. When we get back to a full strength squad, should we get any more injuries then those lads can just step back in and will have had a taste.”

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