Manu wants to win trophies at Saints


Willie Manu is confident he can end his own personal trophy drought this year after moving from Hull to St Helens.

Manu, 32, hasn’t won anything as a professional player and although Saints themselves haven’t collected any silverware since 2008, the forward is confident hard work will see the barren run end.

He said: “When you’re in a team environment everyone has the same goal, you want to win things, no disrespect to Hull but St Helens have proven over the years that they win things.

“As a player you don’t find the changes hard when you know the club wants to win trophies and I’ve never won anything before so I’ll be working hard along with everyone else here to make sure that we do pick up silverware.”

Australian-born Manu, who is likely to line up for Tonga in the end of season World Cup, is also well aware competition for places at Saints will be fierce.

He added: “We have a 30 man squad and everyone wants to be in the 13. It keeps everyone on their toes because no one wants to miss out having not trained as hard as the next player in the week building up to the game. So it keeps things fresh.

“It’s been proven in the past that in World Cup year, everyone ups their game because they want to get picked by the country they’re eligible for, which makes it even harder to hold down a place.”

St Helens kick their season off with on Saturday 2nd February when they welcome Huddersfield Giants to Langtree Park. 


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