Alex Walmsley surprised by St Helens debut season progress

Alex Walmsley

Young prop Alex Walmsley has revealed that the level of his involvement during his debut season at St Helens has surpassed his own expectations.

The 23-year-old, who has played 13 times in 2013, scoring three tries.

He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "I set myself the target of playing five games this year, so I've passed that and hopefully I can build on that.

"I'm playing most weeks now and that's a really big thing for me."

Walmsley had never previously played in the top division before his move to Langtree Park was confirmed in September.

Two of Walmsley's team-mates at St Helens, experienced England internationals and have praised his impact and predicted a bright future for him in Super League.

Walmsley added: "Everyone has really welcomed me and that's made the transition a lot easier. The lads look out for me and always give me tips."

James Roby
Roby has not played for St Helens since 15 March

Nathan Brown's side are eighth in Super League following their

However, St Helens will be boosted by the return of three senior players for their next fixture against second-placed Huddersfield Giants on Monday.

Wellens is back from a knock that kept him out of the Warrington defeat, while winger Francis Meli is available for selection again after

But hooker Roby's comeback, after is perhaps the biggest boost of all for Saints coach Brown as he prepares to face his former club.

"James coming back will help our attack and our defence as well," he said. "He's one of the better players in the world in his position and, being such a key position, it has a big effect on the team when he does or doesn't play."