St Helens have sound base, says new coach Nathan Brown
New St Helens coach Nathan Brown says he has inherited a squad packed with experience and ability.
"There's plenty of talented players to work with," the former Huddersfield coach told BBC Radio Merseyside.
"If we can get a little bit of improvement from every individual in the squad, hopefully we can go further than we have in previous years."
Under interim coach Mike Rush, Saints failed to reach the Grand Final for the first time in seven years last season.
They were beaten by Warrington Wolves in the Super League play-off semi-finals, having finished third behind Wigan and the Wolves at the end of the regular season.
Brown's appointment as successor to Royce Simmons was confirmed in April and he was due to remain with the Giants for the remainder of the 2012 campaign.
However, the Australian left his post in July, shortly after Huddersfield's exit from the Challenge Cup at the semi-final stage.
But with a sound base of local players to choose from, Brown is confident that he can achieve success with his new club.
"It's not long ago that Keiron Cunningham, Sean Long and Paul Sculthorpe all retired and James Graham left," he added.
St Helens in 2012
- Super League: Third, six points behind league leaders Wigan Warriors
- Play-offs: Semi-final, beaten 36-18 by Warrington Wolves at Langtree Park
- Challenge Cup: Quarter-final, beaten 18-4 by Wigan Warriors at DW Stadium
"But then you've got Jon Wilkin, James Roby and Paul Wellens who have all played for their country.
"Ade Gardner has played for his country in the past and I'm sure he would like to get back there.
"St Helens provides players with lots of experience, who are generally home-grown players. The English players generally come through their system."
"Willie's career has really blossomed since he's been in England," said Brown, who guided Huddersfield to the Challenge Cup final in 2009.
"Every time a club plays against Willie, the opposition talks about him and he'll definitely provide something.
"Jordan is a younger kid who is on the rise and he's a player that we think will bring plenty to the table."