Kristian Woolf has become one of the most inspiring coaches of his generation.
After joining St Helens ahead of the 2020 Super League season, Woolf has more than put his stamp on the UK competition, winning two Grand Finals and a Challenge Cup in his two-and-a-half years at the club so far.
With Saints playing a superb brand of rugby and enforcing an incredible defence, the Tonga national boss could well be heading for a third Grand Final win in a row.
The likes of Jon Bennison, Ben Davies, Joe Batchelor and Lewis Dodd have been nurtured by Woolf and have grown into brilliant Super League players with the Saints boss fully enamouring himself to the Red Vee’s faithful who have called on him to ‘stay one more year’.
However, with Woolf yet to commit to any future contract, the 46-year-old has been linked with a move back to the NRL.
The Daily Telegraph previously reported that Woolf was the number one target for the New Zealand Warriors after the pain of the past few seasons under Nathan Brown, but that Woolf rejected the chance to move to New Zealand.
Woolf has also previously been linked with a coaching role alongside Sam Burgess at the Dolphins.
And, now former Saints boss Nathan Brown has potentially revealed that the St Helens head coach is returning home to the NRL.
“There is another generation of coaches starting out,” Brown said on The Bye Round podcast with James Graham.
“You’ve got Cameron Ciraldo and Dean Young coming through, Kristian Woolf is coming back from St Helens – or we think he is – I hope I haven’t jumped the gun there!”
Brown himself was massively respected as a coach in Super League, helping to guide Saints to a Grand Final win in 2014 after he had taken Huddersfield Giants to a Challenge Cup Final in 2009.
Of course, however, Woolf’s achievements more than overshadow those of Brown at the Totally Wicked Stadium so far.