Woolf set to stay on as St Helens coach

Kristian Woolf, here in his Newcastle days, is set to extend his stay at Super Lge champs St Helens.
Kristian Woolf, here in his Newcastle days, is set to extend his stay at Super Lge champs St Helens.

St Helens are ready to confirm that their Australian head coach Kristian Woolf will be staying with the back-to-back Super League champions.

The 46-year-old Queenslander, who also coaches the Tongan national team, was appointed as the successor to Justin Holbrook ahead of the 2020 season on a two-year contract, with an option in the club's favour for a third campaign.

After guiding Saints to a successful defence of their league title in his first season and masterminding their first Challenge Cup triumph for 13 years with victory over Castleford at Wembley earlier this month, the decision to retain Woolf was always going to be a formality.

"Kristian wants to be with us and we want him to be with us so it's a matter of dealing with that," chairman Eamonn McManus told the Saints podcast on Wednesday.

"We'll be announcing something shortly.

"He's laying some building blocks, the players really enjoy being coached by Kristian and his team.

"There is more success ahead under Kristian - I've got very little doubt about that.

"We're going to have to work very hard for it but we're pretty confident, going along these lines, that more trophies should be had by the Saints - and that's what we're really all about."

Australian Associated Press