IT feels like the reset button has been pressed at Saints this week.

Other than Jack Welsby, Matty Lees and George Delaney being on England duty at the weekend, the Saints squad were given some time off in the fortnight since their four-match winning streak was ended by Salford Red Devils last time out.

And now a freshened squad is ready to get back on the horse against Castleford Tigers at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday, kick-off 8pm.

“Potentially it’s a bit of a fresh start for us,” said Wellens.

“The players who didn’t play at the weekend had a bit of time off which is important for them.

“It was probably the last opportunity from now until the end of the season to get that time off.

“The guys who went to play in the international had a great experience and have come back re-energised.

“Obviously we’d have loved to have been going into the break off the back off another victory but that was not to be.

“Sometimes it’s good to get away from the day-to-day running of things, and when you do come back in after three, four or five days off you do get a sense of freshness about things and your enthusiasm.

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“That’s been very evident with us this week. I’ve got a playing group who get on really well, enjoy playing with each other, a playing group that are disappointed that they didn’t get a result last time out, so hopefully that can be reflected in our performance on Friday.

“What we need to do is firmly look forward as a team. I’ve spoken in recent weeks about the importance of using the time off wisely. But I firmly believe now we’re a team very much in need of a run of games, to build some combinations and some consistency. That’s going to be our challenge over the next month or so.”