Today, new St Helens boss Paul Wellens spoke to the press to preview the defence of their crown as they chase a fifth consecutive title as well as their World Club Challenge clash with Penrith Panthers on February 18th.
As he opened up on their preparations for 2023, Wellens said that the club were “in uncharted waters” having won four titles in a row revealing that he believes “complacency” is the “biggest threat” to the Saints.
He said: “We are in uncharted waters, no team has achieved what this team has. What I know about this team, winning becomes habit and they want more of it.
“Not every player has been here for every title success, there has been some evolvement in the squad so that keeps the hunger.
“When you are successful, complacency is your biggest threat. We have to be really mindful of that moving forward.”
Wellens has plenty of confidence headed into 2023 and understands the expectations:
“One thing I have come accustomed to at this club, I start every year expecting the team to be successful and play good rugby. The difference is, I am tasked with delivering and driving those standards.
“I am looking forward to and I have confidence in myself and the group.”
He admitted that Kristian Woolf deserves a lot of credit for where St Helens are at present:
“If I was going to a different team I would be putting my stamp on things, but I already have had an input on this team.
“The consistency they have played with over the last few years, Kristian deserves credit for that but there are a few areas we want to improve and we are working on that.