St Helens saved by Langtree Park move - Jon Wilkin
Jon Wilkin thinks St Helens will remain a force in Super League after moving to a new stadium earlier this year.
For the first time since 2005, Saints were not involved in the Grand Final.
But Wilkin says the 2012 season must be judged as a success, purely because of how well the club coped with the
transition to Langtree Park.
A new beginning for St Helens
St Helens played their first Super League match at Langtree Park against Salford on 10 February
Saints won the match 38-10, although Reds winger Jodie Broughton had the honour of scoring the first Super League try at the new stadium
St Helens won nine and lost four of their 13 home fixtures during the regular season
Their 2012 campaign ended at Langtree Park with a defeat by Warrington Wolves in the play-off semi-finals
"If we had stayed at Knowsley Road, it wouldn't exist in a number of years' time. That's the simple fact," the forward told
BBC Radio Merseyside.
"The club would have financially died a death. Moving to Langtree Park had to be done.
"Everybody who has invested in the club, not just the current board but in the years gone by, really deserves the credit for taking such a tough decision but to take the club into the future and make the club a profitable business.
"Ultimately, if it's not making money, the club we all love - I love to play for, the fans love to support, you love to report on - would not exist, so from that perspective, it's been a fantastically successful year."
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