Kristian Woolf has confirmed that St Helens will appeal the Grade C reckless charge that led to Tommy Makinson being handed a three-match ban by the disciplinary panel.
Woolf was keen to stress that he and the club feel that there is something there to challenge after Makinson was sent off for a high shot on Castleford’s Niall Evalds in last week’s defeat.
“We are going to appeal the grading of his ban, we just want him on the field,” Woolf said.
“We honestly believe there is something there to challenge and hopefully we can get him back sooner rather than later.”
The Saints boss emphasised just how big a loss the winger is.
“He’s a very big loss, because he’s a key player for us.
“I’ve spoken before about what an impact he has for us, but the way he carries us out of yardage and the way he scores tries is phenomenal.
“He’s defensively very strong and he’s nice and physical in the way he tackles – all round he is a very good player and my biased opinion is he’s the best winger in the competition.
“We will miss him but it creates opportunities for other players – Regan Grace will come back in and Jack Welsby will get moved around.”
Woolf has spoken about how Grace could have played against Castleford but was rested to recover 100%.
“Both Morgan Knowles and Regan Grace will definitely play, both could have played at a pinch last week.
“If it had been a finals game then we might have rolled the dice but where we are in the season, it was a smart decision for them to recover and heal well.”