St Helens: Sean Long says return feels like coming home

Sean Long
Sean Long won two World Club Challenges, four Grand Finals and five Challenge Cups at Saints

St Helens coach Sean Long says his return to the Super League champions has felt like coming "home."

The 38-year-old, who spent 13 seasons as a player with Saints, rejoined the club in November on a two-year deal.

The former Great Britain scrum-half had two spells at Salford before returning to Langtree Park, as well as coaching roles at London Broncos and Samoa.

"I'm loving here back here at Saints and great to be back home really," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"I've spent a while at different clubs and different places and it's been difficult, I'll level with you.

"It's great to be back and it just feels like a seamless transaction to just come back here to the team.

Keiron Cunningham
St Helens head coach Keiron Cunningham played alongside Sean Long for 13 years

"For me the standard at this club, no disrespect, is a lot better than other places I've been to."

Long enjoyed a successful playing career in Super League with Wigan, Widnes, St Helens and Hull FC, and also had a spell in rugby union at Preston Grasshoppers.

With no specific role set out when he returned to Saints, Long explained that part of his role was to help identify potential first-teamers of the future.

"I'll work with the kids on a Monday night, the under-19s, just trying to bring talent through," he added.

"But also I'll work with the half-backs individually, I'll take them for 15 minutes of a session and work with them - and then I'll do the kicking as well.