St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham has said that the club will not resort to panic buys and “short-term fixes” as they look to keep their season alive in the coming weeks.
The Saints sit fifth after an inconsistent year, but could drop down the table on Sunday if they lose to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
And with clubs bringing in players for the second half of the season in droves, Cunningham told the club’s official website he will not head down that route and sign someone on a short-term basis: he only wants players who will be at Langtree Park for the longer term.
“Players don’t come in for half a year; short term fixes in rugby league don’t work,” he said. “If we get someone in it has to be a player who can do well for the club in the long term or I could shoot myself in the foot.”
Cunningham also refused to give up hope of a top four finish in 2016, despite defeat moving them potentially eight points away from the leading quartet.
He said: “Our job is to keep on the heels of the top four. We need to keep on winning and picking up points. In the Super 8s everyone plays everyone and you don’t know what will happen.
“We need to keep on building.”