It’s fair to say that Channel 4 has impressed everyone that has eagerly viewed its Super League coverage.
With the likes of Adam Hills, Helen Skelton, Kyle Amor and Mark Wilson in Channel 4’s corner, the terrestrial program has worked wonders for the sport in 2022.
After agreeing to broadcast ten Super League games before the season started, no one would perhaps have thought that those fixtures will have been so well received by the average rugby league fan.
And, for St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf, whose side will be broadcast by the Channel 4 cameras on Saturday as Saints take on the Salford Red Devils at the Totally Wicked Stadium, it is a great way of showcasing our sport.
“I think they’ve done a good job, it’s a bit different than Sky,” Woolf said.
“I think Brian Carney and Phil Clarke do a great job, their commentary is always good.
“But, Channel 4 has given something a bit different, you’ve got Fox Sports and Channel Nine in the NRL with different voices and opinions.
“They (Channel 4) have added a difference, the fact we are on terrestrial TV gives us a new audience. I hope the weather holds up and allows both teams to play footy.
“Our fans have been outstanding this year and we need them to turn out and give a great spectacle on TV.”
If successful, Saints will be heading to their fourth Grand Final in four years with Woolf himself hoping to win his third title in three years before leaving for Australia.
Of course, the Australian will be taking up a role with the Dolphins under veteran head coach Wayne Bennett.
After two years, Woolf will then become head coach himself after a period of learning from the very best in the sport.
He will certainly be a big miss in Super League.