Justin Holbrook says selecting his side for round one hasn’t been an easy task.
With a fully fit squad to choose from the gaffer has had to let some good players down as he prepares for Friday’s game with Castleford.
“We pulled up ok from Friday’s game with Leigh; it was a tough hit out and one that we needed,” he said. “We are all fine and looking forward to this Friday’s match.
“I’ve had to make some tough decisions this week. It’s always the hardest part of being a coach, leaving good players out, and that’s harder in round one. It’s a good headache to have though as it’s important to have good depth in your squad. You need these players to be competing for positions.
“We have another few sessions on the field before Friday but we are pretty much sorted for the game. I will always pick on form so for the guys that do miss out they know it isn’t locked in for the year. It is what I think will do the best job for us on Friday.”
Holbrook knows Saints need to get off to a good start and that begins when they take on the 2017 Grand Finalists.
“We know we have to be more consistent this year and start well,” he continued. “It’s important to finish in the top four and then the top two to have those extra home games. But you have to earn them by being consistent and that is our aim.
“We’re no different to other sides in the fact that we want to finish as high as possible. It is a long season but we have to earn those home games as they can make a difference.
“We’re expecting Cas to be as strong as they were last season. They will be good and it is up to us to catch them or nullify what they do well. It’s a tough game, we are well aware of that, but it would be good to get off to a good start in front of our home fans.”
Friday’s game is dedicated to Tom van Vollenhoven and his widow, Leonie, will be joined by her daughter and granddaughter to help commemorate his life.
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