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Wello provides inspirational captain's knock
PAUL Wellens has done his case for a new contract at Saints no harm with a succession of captain’s knocks from the bench in the victories over Wigan and Catalan.
The long-serving skipper grabbed a brace of second half tries when he replaced Gareth O’Brien in France on Saturday.
Although he has been displaced by Jonny Lomax at full back this term, his professionalism, versatility, enthusiasm and inspirational qualities have been highlighted as qualities that have seen the coach Nathan Brown nail his colours to the mast with regards to retaining him for another year.
Wellens, who made his landmark 400th Super League appearance, got a ringing endorsement from teammate Jon Wilkin after Saturday, too, with the packman tweeting: “400 games in super league, Wello eats them for breakfast!! Been following out of the trenches for the last 300 or so of him #solideronskip.”
However, the constraints of the salary cap means that the process is not as simple as it used to be, particularly as Wellens is no longer first choice full back.
Brown said: “Wello is going great for us. The last two weeks he has ended the game in a position that he would not thought he was going to play.
“The week before he played in four positions.
“He is handling that role well and played a big part in victories against two good sides. He just competes hard and is playing some good stuff.
“But the salary cap is there and managing it is never easy. The chairman and everyone is on the same board and everyone would like Wello to stay and Wello wants to play so I am sure something will evolve there over time, hopefully.
“There is ongoing dialogue there and eventually over time I am sure something will work itself out.”