St Helens boss Justin Holbrook admitted he was delighted that his players had been rewarded for their consistency as they beat Salford 23-6 in the Grand Final to claim the Super League title.
Saints dominated for much of the 2019 season and were the better side at Old Trafford for large periods to win the coveted trophy for the first time since 2014, sending Holbrook out a winner.
“It’s a great feeling. We’ve worked so hard all year and the with the season we’ve had we needed to finish it off and the boys did a great job,” he told reporters.
“Everyone stepped up tonight. We’ve been playing well for 80 minutes every week and we stayed calm through the game and thankfully we got it done.
“I had the utmost confidence that the boys would be able to do it when it counts and that’s what they did.
“Ian Watson deserves a lot of credit for what he’s achieved this year. They came here and played very well tonight, we couldn’t have played much better. We knew we needed to go out and earn it over a very good side,” he added.
The Australian moves on to Gold Coast Titans in the NRL next year and had nothing but praise for the club after a hugely successful two and a half seasons in charge.
“It’s going to be hard to leave. I love the players, staff, supporters and club but i’m glad we can take the trophy back to St Helens,” he said.