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Woolf backs calls for early end to season

St Helens Head Coach Kristian Woolf has backed calls for the regular season to be ended early and have an extended playoff series.

Reports on Sunday suggested the Super League are looking into this, and have the backing of a few clubs already.

Woolf says this would stop the season from becoming compromised even more than it has already.

He said: “It’s an enormous worry. Its not the first time its happened either. The first thing we need to do is worry about Friday. The competition has now become compromised.

“We have a number of teams still battling for those four positions. Some teams will play up to 20, others could play maximum of 15.

“It means teams may get to finals by playing less games. It is no one’s fault. I feel sorry for Salford, they wouldn’t have called off the fixture unless they absolutely had to.

“I think this has to be the last weekend, otherwise we will continue to compromise the competition. We have the opportunity to look at getting a final series with integrity.”

Despite this call, Woolf denied the game against Wigan has a winner-takes-all feel about it in terms of the League Leaders Shield.

He added: “It’s not how I would word it. Purely because I think the game has enough riding on it already.

“The fact it is a local derby, two teams at the top of the table and in form and confident. Its got enough to it at the moment without adding to it.

“Whether or not the competition ends this weekend or not, the match will sill have a big bearing in the final standings.

“Regardless, that will not come into our thinking for the game.”

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