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Kristian Woolf calls on Super League to ‘stop focusing on the negatives’

Outgoing St Helens coach Kristian Woolf believes Super League should talk itself up more.

The Australian has enjoyed a superb stint in England, guiding the Saints to three consecutive Super League titles, one Challenge Cup and a League Leaders’ Shield.

And as he prepares to embark on a new journey down under, Woolf told Sky Sports that a change in mentality is needed from those closest to the sport of rugby league in the UK.

“I take a really positive message back about the game here,” said Woolf. “I have said before I think sometimes in England we are always trying to find the negatives, and we focus on them too much.

“There are so many positives here. There is a competition with so many strong, positive clubs and so many terrific players.

“There is so many good English players and I think we can talk the competition up a little bit more, because it has so much to offer.

“Super League is a great competition. The rivalries are outstanding and what the fans bring on the back of those rivalries, it’s given me so many moments that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Woolf will return home to assist Wayne Bennett at the Dolphins, with the coaching ‘dream team’ set to give the NRL’s newest side some much-needed direction in their inaugural season.

However, speaking about the vacancy he has left behind at Saints, Woolf has doubled down on who he thinks should replace him at the Super League Champions.

“It would be Paul Wellens without a doubt,” Woolf said. “He is an exceptional man. He is a bloke that will be a lifelong friend to me.

“He is an exceptional man, and he is an exceptional coach. I think he would do a great job, so I certainly hope that’s the way it goes.”

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