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Jack Welsby makes shock admission about NRL move

St Helens star Jack Welsby has established himself as the biggest star in Super League but after missing out on the Super League title for the first time in his career, Welsby has said that his St Helens side let themselves down in 2o23.

Speaking to a former teammate and a fellow St Helens legend on the Bye Round, Welsby told James Graham that the Saints let themselves down as they chased a fifth consecutive title.

The fullback said: “I think obviously the year just gone, after the triumph in Penrith I think we sort of let ourselves down in a lot of ways I think.

“There was a lot of talk about James Roby finishing, Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook as well, who are two big parts of our team, two men you know better than I do, but they’re massive parts of our team and we didn’t want to sort of send them out on a sour note and I think we did that.

“So it’s sort of about putting a couple of things right this year and moving forward with it.”

Welsby is Saints through and through but the fullback has been routinely linked with the NRL.

Speaking on the Bye Round with Graham, Welsby admitted a desire to play in the NRL in the future:

“I’m contracted at Saints for two years, so my main focus at the minute is keeping myself fit, keeping myself right and I’m back in at the end of December to start training for the new year but I’d be lying if I said NRL is not something that interests you, it’s testing yourself against the best.

“I think the reason I feel that way now is playing for England, the thing when you play against Samoa, play against Tonga. I’ve not had the opportunity to play against New Zealand in Australia, but them opportunities, they do excite you.

“Obviously I’m hoping that I’ll get some more opportunities to pull on an England shirt and do it in that way, but I’d be lying to say that NRL is not something that’s on the radar.”

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