Kristian Woolf will be at St Helens for the rest of 2022 that much is clear after New Zealand Warriors failed to tempt him away mid-season.
But beyond the close of his third year in Super League is anyone’s guess.
There are plenty of NRL clubs in Australia who need a coach and Woolf has massive pedigree as a two-time Super League Champion and the man who turned Tonga into a force guiding them to the 2017 World Cup semi-finals and to victory over Australia.
It is one of his Tongan players who has spoken about wanting to work with Woolf at club level throwing his support behind a Wests Tigers move for the St Helens boss in the Canberra Times.
Lock forward Joe Ofahengaue said: “I love him. It would be cool to be coached by him in club land. He’s gotten so good over there (in the Super League). He’s a superstar.”
“What makes ‘Woolfy’ a good coach is he’s got that tough edge about him but he’s also got that soft edge. He’s great to have a one-on-one conversation with.
“The reason why he’s so successful with the Tonga team is because we know that if we stuff up, he’s going to beat our arses. He’s a tough, tough coach but also really approachable.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Woolf will be tempted to Wests or if he will want to continue his fine work at St Helens. Either way, positive comments like this from Wests will only help their cause and it could be a match made in heaven.