Jon Wilkin baffled by James Bentley’s transfer to Leeds Rhinos

St Helens have been Super League’s greatest team for three years and counting.

After winning the Grand Final in 2019, 2020 and 2021 – as well as the Challenge Cup last year – Saints have firmly etched themselves into the history books.

One more Grand Final win in succession in 2022 and they would become the record holders for the most title wins in a row.

For St Helens legend Jon Wilkin, then, he could not understand why one player decided to move at the end of 2021.

That player is James Bentley – a forward who had won both the 2020 and 2021 Grand Finals with Saints and who moved to Leeds Rhinos ahead of the 2022 campaign.

For Wilkin, it was an interesting choice to say the least.

“One of the maddest decisions I’ve seen in a few years is James Bentley going to Leeds – it blows my mind,” Wilkin said on the Out Of Your League podcast.

“It (the decision to leave Saints for Leeds) was more ‘I’ve won and now I’m going back to my hometown club.’

“It was actually a big call for him so fair to play to him, but as an outsider looking in I was like ‘he’s leaving Saints now at this time?'”

The Lancashire have kicked off their 2022 campaign in seriously good fashion, too, winning all three of their opening games including two demolitions of Catalans Dragons and Hull FC.

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Mark coen
Mark coen
5 months ago

Stop calling St. Helens the Lancashire club! I live in St. Helens and we are not in Lancashire! We are in Merseyside!
Bentleys decision is shocking but we don’t need him! We got bigger and better players!
We are actually stronger than last year so his exit from the club won’t be noticed or missed!
Even tho he was a good player! But so are the ones that have left the biggest club in the game, to go to lesser clubs! And that’s no disrespect! It’s the truth! We are super league! We are champions! We are the greatest team this country has seen! ( we wouldn’t have won 3 times back to back otherwise). We are a club! Not individuals! We move on and get better each year! We will be even harder to stop this year! We are St. Helens!

5 months ago
Reply to  Mark coen

I was born in St Helens Lancashire and I hav nt moved anywhere. The Mersey doesn’t come anywhere near St Helens and culturally,ie, the way we speak we are closer to Manchester.