St Helens boss Kristian Woolf reportedly wanted for big coaching role

St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf is reportedly being hunted for a big coaching role.

After three incredibly successful years as head coach of St Helens – in which he has won three Grand Finals in a row as well as a Challenge Cup in 2021 – Kristian Woolf is aiming for an unprecedented fourth Super League title.

The way in which he has inspired his Saints side to brilliant achievements has not stopped Woolf’s hunger to deliver even more, and that success has undoubtedly sparked the attention of rugby league clubs around the world.

None more so than new NRL side Dolphins, who will be entering into the most prized rugby league competition in the southern hemisphere from 2023.

With Wayne Bennett at the helm, there is no limit to who the Dolphins could realistically attract and Woolf is reportedly wanted for an assistant coaching job.

That could then give the Dolphins the advantage in signing Jason Taumalolo – who is a key figure in the Tonga national side which Woolf coaches.

News Corp journalist Dave Riccio revealed on Triple M on Saturday that the Dolphins are interested in signing Super League and Tonga coach Kristian Woolf to an assistant role with Taumalolo firmly in their sights, too.

“Wayne Bennett is already on the record saying he (Taumalolo) wants him at the Dolphins,” he said.

“Clearly the Cowboys are going to have to be willing to chip in. He can’t walk away from a $1 million contract. The Dolphins I’d argue would go to around $600,000-$700,000 mark and as the Cowboys to chip in the rest.

“They key to this is I’m hearing Kristian Woolf — the former Tongan head coach — is being linked to an assistant coaching role at the Dolphins.

“Kristian Woolf has a very tight relationship with Jason Taumalolo as he does with all the Tongan boys and that is a key lure to why Taumalolo may end up at the Dolphins.”

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