Justin Holbrook has named a young squad with some added experience for Saturday’s friendly with Sheffield.
Seven top age Academy players will feature in the St Helens Select side that will take on the Eagles at Ruskin Sports Village (3:30pm).
The squad is:
Aaron Smith, Adam Swift, Alex Eckley, Ben Morris, Callum Hazard, Cameron Brown, Chris Follin, Danny Richardson, Dominique Peyroux, Jack Ashworth, Jake Spedding, James Bentley, John Hutchings, Jorge Lewtas, Josh Eaves, Kevin Brown, Kyle Amor, Liam Cooper, Mathew Costello, Matty Lees, Matty Smith, Regan Grace, Rob Fairclough, Ryan Morgan, Theo Fages, Tom Nisbet.
The game against Mark Aston’s Betfred Championship team is a chance for some the younger members of the Saints squad to shine and continue their development against tough opposition.
Justin Holbrook said “We’re looking at a young squad this week and they are all looking forward to it,” Justin said. “We wanted to give some of the young guys a run out after they have been training all pre-season.
“With our pitch being re-laid and not being quite ready we could have cancelled the game, but we felt it was important to give the young guys some time before the season starts.
“We will have a mix of youth and experience, alongside eight players from the Academy too.
“I’m happy with my squad and it will good to see the younger players push the senior boys.”
He continued: “Matty Costello will get plenty of game time. He has shown his versatility in pre-season and is a good player coming through the system.
“We aren’t sure of his position yet so we are looking forward to seeing him play in the friendlies to see where he fits.
“Our next friendly against Leigh will be our main hit out with everyone playing.”
The game at Ruskin Sports Village is sold out – but Saints will make extensive highlights of the game available as soon as possible after the match.
The club is also pleased to announce that the game against Leigh on Friday January 26 (8pm) will go ahead at the Totally Wicked Stadium.