St Helens winger Francis Meli urges Langtree Park caution

Francis Meli
Meli scored 12 Super League tries for St Helens last season

St Helens winger Francis Meli says the Saints must avoid complacency at their new Langtree Park home this season.

The club have moved to their new ground ahead of the campaign, which hosts its first league match against Salford.

"We've got to start the season well and the new ground isn't going to win games for us," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"It's easy for other teams to come to a new stadium and play, so we've got to earn the right to turn up and start winning games."

New Zealand international Lance Hohaia joined St Helens from National Rugby League side New Zealand Warriors in the close season, and Meli believes his experience will help the club's young players.

"I think he's a big bonus and he takes a lot of pressure off Jonny Lomax and Lee Gaskell and they can learn from Lance," said Meli.

"It's hard giving that sort of pressure to young boys. But we've got that experienced half-back that we've been looking for over the last couple of years.

"We had a few injuries last year, but now we've got those players and it's time to make the most of it."