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New favourite emerges for Saints head coach job

Tonga national coach and Newcastle Knights assistant Kristian Woolf has emerged as the new favourite for the vacant head coaches job at St Helens for next season, report the St Helens Star.

With Justin Holbrook leaving the club to become Gold Coast Titans’ boss, Saints CEO Mike Rush has reportedly travelled to Australia to find someone to take the reigns for 2020.

Adam O’Brien, Jason Demetriou and David Fairleigh, assistant coaches at Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs and North Queensland Cowboys respectively, have all been touted as Holbrook’s replacement, however it is now appears that Woolf is now the front-runner for the job.

Justin Holbrook will leave St Helens after two-and-a-half years at the club.

Super League sponsors Betfred now list the 44-year-old as the favourite to become Saints’ next permanent coach at odds of 6/4.

The rest of the potential candidates are ranked as follows:

Adam O’Brien – 4/1.

Jason Demetriou – 6/1.

David Fairleigh – 7/1.

Shane Flanagan – 8/1.

Jason Ryles – 12/1.

Garth Brennan – 16/1.

Daniel Anderson – 16/1.

Richard Marshall – 20/1.

Geoff Toovey – 20/1.

Anthony Griffin – 25/1.

Paul McGregor – 33/1.

Neil Henry – 25/1.

Mal Meninga – 25/1.

Justin Morgan – 25/1.

Jason Taylor – 20/1.

Ian Watson – 25/1.

James Ford – 25/1.

Trent Barrett – 25/1

Paul Wellens – 25/1.

Dean Pay – 33/1.

Shaun Wane – 66/1.

Danny Ward – 40/1.

Brian McDermott – 50/1.

Tony Smith – 40/1.

Nathan Brown – 66/1.

Keiron Cunningham – 100/1.

Ian Millward – 100/1.

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