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Woolf keen to make use of squad

St Helens Head Coach Kristian Woolf has said he is keen to make use of his squad whilst it is still almost at full strength.

The Saints have Mark Percival out injured, but the return of Tommy Makinson from suspension sees another first choice player come back into the fray.

Woolf says staying healthy will be key to Saints getting success this season.

He said: “In our game, things can change over the course of one game. If we stay healthy, then it gives us a really good opportunity to ensure we can rotate players, and we keep the key ones fit because if we are playing in a big game, we want to ensure they can play because of their experience.

“The key is to make sure we stay healthy. This weekend, we will be throwing out a squad that is almost full strength, and we need to take advantage when that is the case.

“We haven’t been at full strength once this year. It is a very hard thing to do, and with Mark Percival being out, that means we will not be at full strength this year.”

Saints currently lie top of the table, and with Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves playing each other, it could mean the champions tighten their grip on top spot.

Despite this, Woolf is not getting carried away with being at the top.

He added: “At the back end of the year, if you have a look at the fixture list, everyone is playing each other.

“All the stronger teams at the top are playing each other too. We play everyone who will be in the top five at the end of the year. We have to play Leeds, Catalans, Warrington, Wigan and some other tough teams in Salford and Hull FC.

“Every team is similar. Every weekend is so important between now and the end of the season, including this one.”

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