Written by John Davidson
Joey Lussick says St Helens will fight for a record fifth Super League title in a row next year, but will enjoy the spoils of their fourth grand final win first.
Saints made it a historic four in a row with a 24-12 victory over Leeds at Old Trafford.
It was Lussick’s second grand final appearance, after playing for Salford when they lost to St Helens back in 2019, the Red V’s first grand win.
“It’s a lot better being on this side of the fence,” he told Everything Rugby League.
“From day one I’ve been really fortunate to come to this club. We did something special today but I’m just really grateful to be part of the process of it all.
“Tonight was just a great way to cap off the year with them.”
Lussick described the club winning four in a row as “ridiculous”, and says they will try to defend their crown in 2023.
“It is a ridiculous feat,” the hooker admitted.
“This club’s been unbelievable, not just this year. We touched on it all year, even before this game.
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“This game wasn’t about just this year, the whole process the last couple of years, everyone who’s been here before and everyone who’s played a part.
“We wanted to do it justice, not just for us but for everyone who’s played a part.
“You know it’s a goal for anyone to win a competition. It’s going to be no different for us next year. But we’ll enjoy this.”
Lussick only joined St Helens at the start of this year from Parramatta. The Australian came off the bench in the grand final, spelling James Roby, and made 21 metres from two carries and four tackles.
“It’s been unbelievable really,” he said.
“The first couple of months was all about buying into what they’d done. They’ve been the champions for a reason.
“Woolfy said that to me straight away – just buy in, work hard and train hard and the boys will love you. I feel like I’ve done that to the best of my ability and we’ve reaped the rewards tonight.”
Saturday’s match was Kristian Woolf’s last as St Helens coach, before he joins the Dolphins in the NRL.
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“Woolfy’s been a big part of this club,” Lussick said.
“He took on from a pretty good role that Justin had done there and he took it to another level.
“Everyone here’s been very lucky to be coached by him. We’re sad to see him go but we wish him all the best as well.”