BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 01: Ryan Morgan of the Storm attempts to break away from the defence during the round 17 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium on July 1, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

St Helens boss Keiron Cunningham has described new signing Ryan Morgan as 'Lyonesque' but has admitted that recruiting players from Down Under has got so much tougher.

This week saw Travis Burns announce that he will be returning to Australia at the end of the year, which with the confirmed departure of Jordan Turner to the NRL, will free up more salary cap space to fill the positions that need strengthening.

With a question mark still hanging over out-of-contract Luke Walsh's future at the club, Saints could be looking for a new half-back as well as looking to add something to the pack.

But Cunningham said scouring the Australian market for players that fit the bill is now so much tougher.

He said: “The salary cap that is two-and-a-half times ours and in 2018, when it will go up to $10m, it is going to get tougher.

“As a recruiter, I have got to do homework on everybody and make sure they fit the bill.

“We got one with Ryan Morgan when we had a conversation with Brad Arthur after which he was happy for Ryan to move on.

“You have got to try and get the jump on the market.

“Ryan Morgan is definitely going to be Jamie Lyonesque."


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