For the second season in a row, Jack Welsby has been named in the Super League Dream Team and remarkably in a different position which is still not what would be regarded as his position.
Wearer of St Helens’ number one jersey, he was set to finally nail down a position after being Saints’ Jack of all trades but he’s wound up having to play mostly in the halves after Lewis Dodd’s injury.
But his performances haven’t suffered resulting in him taking the stand-off role in the Dream Team after being named at centre last year.
At this morning’s reveal, he noted that this was something he aimed for at the start of the year: “Really happy. It’s something I aimed to do at the start of the year.”
Interestingly, he got picked ahead of St Helens teammate Jonny Lomax but to Welsby Lomax deserved to be in the side and is the smartest player in the league: “I think Jonny deserves to be here, he’s been doing it tough this year with a torn bicep and loads of little niggles. He’s our senior halfback and he took on a big responsibility in helping me and Dodd.
“He’s smartest bloke in our team, I think he’s the smartest bloke in Super League. He’s three plays ahead of everyone else. I’m still learning off him.”
When asked if he fullback was his favourite position, Welsby remained relatively open: “I think they’re pretty similar are six and one especially in attack. I enjoy them both.”
He also noted that as long as he’s playing well, he doesn’t particularly mind where he’s played and isn’t bothered about being picked at fullback in the Dream Team: “A Dream Team spot is a Dream Team spot, as long as I keep playing well and winning things, I’m happy.”