Joe Greenwood 'could be England star' - Brian Noble

Greenwood form suggests England class

St Helens second-rower Joe Greenwood could have a role to play for England if he continues to develop, says ex-Great Britain coach Brian Noble.

Greenwood, 22, made his Saints debut in 2012, but it is this year that he has made the biggest impression, with eight tries in 12 games.

A broken leg in April halted his progress before he returned in June.

"I don't think an international future is far away," Noble told BBC Super League Show.

"He's a big thing with great skills as well. He's big, strong and athletic, knows what he needs to do and fits well into the Saints system."

England have a wealth of back-row talent available, with Canberra-bound Elliott Whitehead, Wigan's Joel Tomkins and Liam Farrell, plus Huddersfield's Brett Ferres all contenders for a position in the national side.

Hull's Gareth Ellis has been a mainstay of the team in previous seasons, as have Warrington's Ben Westwood and Greenwood's club-mate Jon Wilkin.

Meanwhile, Saints have announced a £7.1m turnover for the 2014 financial year, up from £5.3m the year before.

The club won the Grand Final and League Leaders's shield last year and said they had broken even for the first time in the Super League era.

Langtree Park
St Helens moved into the 18,000 capacity Langtree Park in 2012 which has helped boost turnover