ROYCE Simmons expects to welcome back Paul Clough, Michael Shenton and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for this Sunday’s Engage Super League tie at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.Clough has missed the last four months recovering from a shoulder injury whilst Shenton has shaken off an ankle knock.And ‘LMS’ is fresh from a one match ban.But Saints have lost Josh Perry for the season – and both Leon Pryce and Gary Wheeler are still three to four weeks away.“We will have Louie [McCarthy-Scarsbrook] back from suspension and Cloughie has been given the all clear to resume playing,” Simmons said. “But we’ve lost Josh Perry. He came off with an injury in the Hull game after eight minutes and it’s now a season ending injury.“He has done a tendon at the top of his hamstring and is on his way to London to see a specialist down there. He will be operated on around Friday or Saturday and will be out for three months.“It’s disappointing as he hasn’t really had the chance to get going. He rolled out of an injury he sustained at Manly and overcame that – but has bounced from one to another and not really had back to back games.“Of course we all wanted things to be better this year as it is his first over here. People in Australia know how he can play and he would have liked to have got more time to show the St Helens people what he can do. But now he has to get on with his rehab and be right to start next season.”The returning players are a boost for Simmons as they head into the final seven games of the Super League regular season.He continues: “We’ve had three days off after a tough month with big games and the Exiles match. We should see the benefit of that down the track and I will try and do it again in the next few weeks.“And we’ll need it as Sunday’s match will be a tough one. Wakefield have had big losses back to back and that’s scary for me. Their coach is a proud man and has a habit of turning things around.“He builds them up and gets them going. He will roll his dice this week. They are a tough side, especially at home, and were tough to break down when we played them earlier in the year.“We probably played the best 40 minutes of football all season against them and only led by around six to eight points. They then got tired of tackling and we put some points past them.“We have to make them do the same and frustrate them. They will have copped a bit of stick during the week and John will have them fired up.”
ROYCE Simmons has spoken about the contributions of Lance Hohaia, Jamie Foster and Josh Perry.All three are set to be involved this Friday as Saints welcome Hull FC to Langtree Park.Hohaia in particular will step in for the injured James Roby whilst Foster and Perry have been named in the 19 after being omitted last week.“Lance for Robes? You probably couldn’t ask for much better could you?” Royce said. “He played hooker in the NRL Grand Final off the bench and has played a fair bit of football there. For the past few seasons he’s switched between nine and one.“He keeps himself super fit and you saw that on Sunday. He didn’t look under any fatigue and he’s got a bit of pace around there too.“Lee Gaskell has played well and I felt it was a little unfair to put Lance straight in at 6. He’s played full back and hooker for a number of years. When you play at hooker the opposition is up close in both defence and attack. Then if you change position you could be 15 metres back and that makes a lot of difference.“The other two boys (Gaskell and Jonny Lomax) have come off a Grand Final game and could have been Grand Final winners. Lance understands the situation, works hard and doesn’t complain.“He will be fantastic for this club and I suppose his only fault is he’s too good at too many positions and sometimes you pay the price. He probably hasn’t played as many internationals as he should have as a result.”Jamie Foster played in the Under 20s last week and scored five tries plus ten goals in a 68-0 win over Huddersfield.Simmons said the youngster was left out of the side that played first grade at the Galpharm because of his recent form, but he’s shown a great attitude.“All the players [who didn’t play first team] in our full time squad played in the 20s and their attitude and commitment were super. Jamie in particular was very good and his training in the week before was fantastic too.“If a player isn’t playing as well as he can and you leave them, then they can be put back a long way – especially younger players. Some people can think it is hard to leave a player out. Everyone knows Jamie hasn’t been on the top of his game recently. It happened at the beginning last year and he worked hard, was back in the side and had a tremendous 25 games. I’m sure he will do the same again.“Josh Perry is also up for selection this week. He missed a chunk of the off season after the operation on his hamstring. That meant he couldn’t get the fitness levels and the time in his legs.“We thought should he battle on and play a couple of games, or train his backside out and continue work on his leg? Well he’s done that. He’s worked his backside off for two week and seen the inside of a couple of buckets a few times!“Perry has a good step, is an aggressive big bloke and can offload the ball. We need him and therefore it makes sense to do what we have done. Anthony Laffranchi has done well too and straightened a few blokes up. It will be good to see both of them starting to rock on.”Tickets for tonight’s match are still on sale.
MORE than 800 tiles have been laid and that means the first phase of the Wall of Legends is now complete.Surrounding the famous Red Vee – made up of 90 red tiles and including club legends – 700 have been purchased by fans .The tiles were laid by St Helens lad Les Bluck and stage 2 will go on sale shortly.Click on www.saintswalloflegends.com to find out more.Meanwhile in the Boardroom a new trophy cabinet and bar has been built by Rigby Joinery of Rainford.As you can see from the pictures below, they are a great addition to a fantastic stadium.