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Paul Wellens maintains his stance on the vacant St Helens job

Following Kristian Woolf’s perfect send off as St Helens head coach, attentions have now turned to who will replace him among the Saints fans.

The name on everyone’s lips at present is Paul Wellens, the man who has been the understudy to Woolf and the man before him, Justin Holbrook.

In that time Saints have dominated, with the impact of Wellens rarely understated by those involved at the club, with the natural progression to head coach now seeming the most likely route.

And when questioned once more about the vacant role on Sky Sports, the former Great Britain international fullback was not shy in signalling his intentions.   

“What I have always said when I have been asked this, and it has been asked a long time before I even started coaching, would I want to be a head coach? I have never dodged the question, and the answer is yes,” he said.

“I do want to do a head coach job and to do it with this team and at this club would be a dream come true for me, but at the same time we have all been focused on winning in 2022.

“My eye on the future is hopefully coaching St Helens in 2023. We will see how that plans out in the next few weeks, but it is an opportunity that I would love, an opportunity I would be really excited about.

“The reason for that excitement is because I know the place really well and I know the players I could get the opportunity to work with.”

Elaborating more on the success he has overseen as no.2 at St Helens, ‘Wello’ was again straight to the point when question about whether this current Saints dynasty is the greatest Super League has seen.

“I think it is very hard to argue against it when you bring it down to the basic facts of winning four comps in a row,” added Wellens.

“I know working with this group, in terms of all the teams I have been involved with as a player and as a coach at St Helens, this group are the most driven, the most hard-working.

“You talk about everybody putting the team first and having a selfless attitude towards the common goal, nobody displays it more than this team over the last three or four years.”

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