Gardner backs Cunningham for success

November 19, 2014 11:02:19 UK

Newly-appointed St Helens assistant coach Ade Gardner has backed new boss Keiron Cunningham to be successful in his first season in charge of the club.

Gardner was appointed to Cunningham’s staff following his decision to retire from playing at the end of the 2014 season.

He is one of those people you want to work for and I am envious of the players.

Ade Gardner

Gardner spent the majority of his career with Saints after making a name for himself with home-town club Barrow Raiders.

He also enjoyed a spell on loan at Hull KR during his final season before hanging up his boots.

“It was sort of hanging heavy on me over the off season, just not knowing where I was going to be and what I would be doing for the next 12 months. I had discussed it with my partner and I was going to retire at the end of 2015,” said Gardner, who is joined on the staff by Saints legend Sean Long.

“As soon as I made this decision it was like a big weight being lifted off my shoulders and I am really excited to be given the opportunity. I have known Kez for a long time and had the privilege to play with him until the end of his career.”

Cunningham served as assistant coach to Nathan Brown in 2014 and has made the step up to the top role following Brown’s return to Australia.

And Gardner says he is relishing the opportunity to work alongside his old team-mate.

“Anything I can do to help him I will – because he has helped me out loads and has been there throughout my career, and been there with every trophy win,” said Gardner.

“He is one of those people you want to work for and I am envious of the players.”

Saints are available at 4.33 to win the Grand Final again next season, with Wigan Warriors 3.75 and Leeds Rhinos 5.50.

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