It was announced earlier in the week that Kristian Woolf would be leaving St Helens at the end of the 2022 Super League season.
The Tonga national boss has had an incredible impact on Super League since joining ahead of the 2020 season.
In his first year, Woolf won the Grand Final and did so again in his second year as well as helping guide Saints to a Challenge Cup success.
Saints fans will be hoping that the Australian can weave his magic again at the end of this year with another trip to Old Trafford after lifting the League Leaders’ Shield.
Attention has quickly turned to who will be replacing Woolf at the helm of the Merseyside club and Sky Sports pundit Jenna Brooks revealed on Friday night that the “overwhelming favourite is Paul Wellens.”
Having been an assistant under Justin Holbrook and Woolf, the former Saints fullback has been learning from the best and will be adequately prepared for such a massive task.
Even better for the loyal Saints man, he has been given the nod of approval from Woolf.
“I would 100% back Paul Wellens,” Woolf said last week.
“What I can say about Wellens as a coach is he’s an honest and trustworthy person – he’s got the traits that people want to play for as they can trust him.
“He’s got a very good demeanour about how he goes about that, he’s got great experience and worked under some great coaches here.
“I like to think that I have helped him in some ways, but he has worked under the likes of Wayne Bennett.”
It remains to be seen who Saints will appoint, but it will be a massive appointment given the club’s success in recent years, but the board will not be rushing into the decision.