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Long - Potter exit no shock

Lack of trophies to blame, says former Saints star

Last Updated: 12/05/10 11:35am

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Long: expects Saints overhaul

Long: expects Saints overhaul

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Former St Helens scrum-half Sean Long is not surprised by coach Mick Potter's decision to leave Knowsley Road at the end of the season.

"They came up with nothing last year so it was probably on the cards really."
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Potter has announced his intention to return home to Australia at the end of his two-year contract.

Long was a member of the Saints side beaten in last year's Super League Grand Final and he feels that failure may have hastened Potter's departure.

"I'm disappointed for Mick, he is a good bloke, but Saints are used to winning trophies," said Long, who is in his first season at Hull following 12 successful years with St Helens.

"They came up with nothing last year so it was probably on the cards really.

Strong

"They are that strong about it, if you don't win trophies, that's it.

"I had some good times there with Mick and enjoyed my footy but I think it is time for a change at St Helens.

"I think they are trying to rejig it all by getting some new players in.

"I think (Keiron) Cunningham is retiring, (Matt) Gidley is retiring and Francis Meli will be moving on.

"They have got to bring some new faces in and a new coach."

Long is set to return to action for Hull against Catalans Dragons in Perpignan on May 15 after a six-week lay-off with an ankle injury.

The veteran playmaker was injured in the Easter Monday loss to Warrington and has seen his team-mates struggle to build on their early promise in his absence.

Hull, hampered by a number of injuries, have slipped to sixth in Super League and been eliminated from the Challenge Cup after winning just twice in seven outings.

Frustrating

"It's been very frustrating just watching the lads not coming up with the performances we did at the start of the year," admitted the 33-year-old.

"I know a lot of it is personnel but the lads that went out there didn't really aim up, so I've been pulling my hair out.

"It's been quite difficult to watch, so I'm glad I'm not watching anymore and I'm back out on the field.

"Injuries are a big part of playing rugby league but hopefully I've had mine now and we can finish the season strong."

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