SAINTS match-winner Jack Welsby was tipped as a future international by Saints boss Kristian Woolf.

The 19-year-old has had a real breakout season this year, playing full back, wing, halves and centre as he began to find a regular place in the team.

And that development - and faith from the coach - paid off with Welsby's chase and touchdown after Tommy Makinson's drop goal attempt had rebounded off the crossbar at the end.

Woolf said: "It's not going to be the last time in his career (to play in a Grand Final), he's a terrific player, Jack. I think he is a real player of the future.

"We are still not sure what his position is going to be, it could be left centre because he is very good on the left side.

"He has all the attributes to be a really good centre as well.

"He's going to play a lot of footy for this club and I have no doubt that he goes on to become an international as well, he's a really talented kid, who works really hard at his game. I'm really proud of him and happy for him tonight."

Welsby has secured the left spot in the absence of injured international Mark Percival.

Initially Woolf threw out the challenge to both Welsby and Josh Simm. who both impressed in their stints.

But it was Welsby who got the nod for the business end - and the rest is history.

“He was only 19 this year and he is competing really well against good players like Zak Hardaker and really holding his own.

"To score a try like that to win a Super League Grand Final is only going to help his confidence as well.

I don’t want to put extra pressure on the kid, but I have a lot of belief as to what he can do," Woolf said.