Cunningham admits money is available for new recruits

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham has hinted that there may be scope for some imminent transfer activity after revealing that there are finances available if the “right person” became available.

The Saints have been linked with numerous players in recent weeks as they look to claw back the six-point deficit on the top four, with the most recent name Canberra’s Frank-Paul Nu’uausala.

Cunningham did not directly comment on individual players but told the club’s official website that whilst they could bring someone in, there has to be an element of calm about the whole recruitment process.

“Everyone is looking at signings at the moment. You have to hold your nerve a little bit and not panic buy especially in a salary capped sport. We have done that in the past and ended up with players for two or three years that haven’t worked out.

“We have to be smart about how we do our shopping as the next recruits are the ones that will take us to the promised land. There may be some finances available if the right person came up.”

Cunningham also insisted he is the right man for the job despite growing criticism over his role.

“I am a Liverpool fan and I’m sure I have called every Liverpool manager… we are all experts aren’t we? People have to understand that behind the scenes me, Eamonn and Mike Rush are working tirelessly hard to get things right at this club. I do believe I am the right man for the job, I know the club inside out and what I don’t know about rugby isn’t even worth knowing. It has been my life and is all I know.

“I know where we need to head and what we need to do. I am determined, hook or by crook it will happen.