THE younger members of Saints first team squad returned to training this week - with a combination of gym sessions beneath the stadium concourse and ball work up at Ruskin.

The seniors will join next week in preparation for a big year of rugby league - with Saints aiming to be champions for three times in a row for the first time.

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The youngsters, who played very little during 2020 following the March lockdown of the academy, reserves and dual reg, nevertheless played a key role in providing the opposition to the top 17 in training every week.

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And some of those caught the eye - particularly Lewis Dodd and Josh Simm - when handed a first team opportunity in the second half of the campaign.

They won't be the only game-hungry youngsters looking to kick on in 2021.

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New boys Agnatius Paasi and Dan Norman joined for their first session since arriving at Saints.

The rest of the first team will join in full pre-season training next week, although the likes of Mark Percival and Alex Walmsley will go through the usual post-surgery rehab ahead of joining.