Coote adamant he will be available for Great Britain – despite guilt over being picked!

Lachlan Coote has reiterated his desire to play for Great Britain this winter – but admits he’d almost feel guilty for taking a spot from someone who may deserve it more.

After making a handful of appearances for Scotland in recent years, Coote does qualify to play for the Lions on the tour of the southern hemisphere later this year.

However, he revealed to League Express that he knows others may deserve it more – but that won’t stop him putting his name in the mix.

“I would almost feel bad for taking someone else’s spot,” he told League Express. 

“I’ve only played three times for Scotland and there’s probably people who really deserve it but make no mistake about it, I’m there and I’m putting my hand up for selection.”

Coote has been a revelation since joining the Saints this season – and he admits he’s been humbled by how supporters have taken to him, given the sizeable shoes he had to fill in replacing Ben Barba.

“The way the crowd gets involved is amazing,” he said. 

“At home they only chirp up if something happens but here it’s non-stop and I love it. They’re just so good.. I can’t get enough of them. 

“I get emotional out there listening to them singing songs about me. I’m loving the chants they sing about me. It’s a good feeling, something I’ve never experienced before.”

The Saints head to Wigan on Friday overwhelming favourites to claim the bragging rights in the derby, but Coote has laughed off any talk of Saints taking the reigning champions lightly.

He said: “Form goes out of the window. Don’t worry, they;’ll be up for Good Friday and we’re not going to take them lightly, I promise you that.

“It’ll be another good thing to experience, my first Easter. Everything so far has been incredible; the club has been awesome and the wife is loving it. We don’t travel as much, I’m home a lot more so she’s happy and I guess that’s important!”