Wednesday, March 17, 2004

this is about my Rugby League hero:-
St Helens hooker Kieron Cunningham has emerged from a nightmare to be better than ever, says coach Ian Millward.

Cunningham endured a miserable time last year under a cloud of rumours and allegations about drug-taking.

But his reputation has been repaired, and Millward reckons he is now making up for any lost time.

"Kieron took one or two steps back last year, but this season he's taken four big steps forward," he said. "He has been awesome for us."

Millward added: "He's still the best hooker in this country and in the top one or two in the world.

"He's playing better than he ever has while I've been at the club, and I think you will see the best of Keiron Cunningham over the next two years."

Cunningham, still only 27, is being used in a much more utility role for his club this season, because of the presence of Micky Higham in the Saints starting XIII.

But Millward doesn't believe that will weaken his case to carry on hooking for Great Britain in this Autumn's tri-nations series.

"I still expect him to play for Great Britain at the end of the year at nine, but for us he may have to play one or two roles."