St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf reveals plan on Regan Grace replacement

Regan Grace’s exit from St Helens at the end of the Super League season will pose a quandary for Kristian Woolf.

The Welsh winger has been a revelation in the top flight of the UK game since debuting for the Merseyside club back in 2016.

Almost 150 appearances later and Grace is now set to move to French rugby union side Racing 92 after deciding to take up a one-year deal on the European mainland.

However, that move means that Saints will have to go into the transfer market to replace him as, unlike with Theo Fages and Lachlan Coote, Woolf does not have a like-for-like replacement in the squad.

“We have had a look at what may or may not be available. And have looked in the market over here and will look in the market in Australia as well,” Woolf told the St Helens Star.

“What we are also going to be is a be extremely patient in getting the right player. We do have to replace Regan – there is no doubt that we need to bring a player in to make sure we continue our success and keep strong going forward.

“We need to replace him with quality and are not going to rush out and get someone who does not quite fit, be that footy wise and class wise or someone who does not fit into the ethos of our group as a person.

“We are going to be patient and have a fair bit of time until the season starts – it is such a fluid sort of market these days where what is available now may not be the case in a month or two.

“We have the ability to be patient and know that we have good players who can fill voids if needs be – but we are on the lookout to bring someone in.”

Grace played the 15-man code before joining Saints as a teenager after being brought up in Port Talbot.

“I want to thank everyone at St Helens,” Grace said upon moving.

“To win three Super League titles and a Challenge Cup has been a dream come true, and my full focus is now ensuring we win a fourth title at the end of the year.”

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