Turner move has helped him produce his best, says Cunningham

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham insists that Jordan Turner’s move to the NRL being secured has helped the utility produce some of the best form of his career.

Turner has been in impressive form for the Saints lately, and he again excelled as the Saints made it six wins in a row to solidify their position in the top four with victory over Warrington.

And Cunningham said following the 20-18 win that Turner’s switch to Canberra being finalised has helped him concentrate on his club form this year.

“I think Jordan is playing some of the best rugby I’ve ever seen him play,” he said.

“Jordan getting his career sorted out with the move to the NRL has helped; he came into my office and told me he was going and he shook my hand and promised me he’d give me 100 per cent until the end. I think you’re seeing that with him now.

“I think it’s helped getting it sorted.”

Cunningham was also quick to praise his side’s defensive performance throughout – they have now conceded just 50 points in their last four games.

“I thought it was a really brave performance, that,” he said.

“There were a few things we wavered in, in terms of direction – but in those big games you’ve got to find a way to win. Credit to the players, they were defensively immense. We’re convinced we’re a good side defensively at the moment and I’m proud of the players.”

Cunningham confirmed that Jonny Lomax should be fine for next week’s game against Catalans despite picking up a knock.