SAINTS have paid tribute to former coach Mike McClennan, who passed away at the age of 75.

The popular New Zealander coached at Saints between 1990-93 - winning the Lancashire Cup and Premiership Trophy during his time here.

Saints chairman Eamonn McManus explained that long after McClennan's departure as coach, he would still ring with good luck messages ahead of big games.

McManus said: “It’s with great sadness that we hear of the passing of our former coach Mike McClennan. He was a great man and a true gent.

“He always remained passionate about St Helens and followed our fortunes throughout his life.

"I was lucky enough to meet him on a number of occasions and he would always call from New Zealand the night before our big games to wish us and all at the club well.

“His time as a coach at St Helens will always be remembered with respect and fondness and he has a permanent place in our history.

“Our heartfelt sympathies go to all of his family, and in particular to his son Brian.”