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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 October 2006, 15:48 GMT 16:48 UK
Long keen for Saints clean sweep
Sean Long
Long has played a key role for Saints this season
St Helens will aim to make up for failing to win a trophy last year when they take on Hull in Saturday's Super League Grand Final, says Sean Long.

Saints missed out on silverware in 2005 and Long says his team-mates now plan to complete a clean sweep of trophies after their Challenge Cup victory.

"We let ourselves down and we let the fans down last year," he said.

"It was our most consistent year until this year but we didn't win a trophy, which was gutting."

Long added: "People judge you on how many trophies you've won. You can't become the best side unless you win silverware and now we've got the chance.

"This is the best team I've played in - to leave two internationals out like Vinnie Anderson and Nick Fozzard says something about our strength in depth - but if you don't win a trophy you're not going to be classed as a great side."

The 30-year-old half-back will lead the side out against Hull in the absence of the injured Paul Sculthorpe as the Knowsley Road club chase their fourth Grand Final crown.

He made history by winning the Lance Todd Trophy for a third time as man of the match in his side's cup win over Huddersfield at Twickenham in August and wants to finish the season on a victorious note.

"We've got a good record in Grand Finals but records are there to be broken," he said.

"We know it's going to be tough. Hull are a quality side and they're going to give it their best shot. When we've played them this year, they've been our toughest games."



SEE ALSO
St Helens v Hull FC (Sat)
09 Oct 06 |  Super League
Record-breaker Long in dreamland
26 Aug 06 |  Challenge Cup
Huddersfield 12-42 St Helens
26 Aug 06 |  Challenge Cup


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