The news that George Williams has left Canberra immediately has shocked the rugby league fraternity, but when asked about a potential move for the ex-Wigan halfback, St Helens boss Kristian Woolf was unmoved.
“Not at this stage; we’d love Theo to stay here and we obviously love Jonny Lomax and we wouldn’t replace him for anyone,” Woolf stated.
“We’ve got Lewis Dodd coming through as well who we see as a long term option for us, so at this stage – as good a player as George Williams is – we’re very happy with the blokes that we’ve got there.”
One other playmaker that has been linked with a move away in recent weeks has been Lachlan Coote, but Woolf is keen to see the Scottish international stay at the club.
“We’d very much love Lachlan to stay; he’s a big part of this club now for two years going on three years.
“I don’t think it’s any coincidence with his influence on the team and club that Saints have had success two years in a row with him being here.
“He’s a very good character and he has a big influence on everyone on the club.
“He’s a great performer on the field, and we’d more than love Lachlan here for the next few years, but it’s up to him to talk about what he’s got to weigh up.
“What everyone needs to understand is that it’s been a difficult 12-18 months for everyone and particularly for those that are a long way from home, which needs to be considered.
“We’re hopeful he stays and I think if you ask Lachlan he’d tell you the same thing.”