Wellens planning to carry on playing

St Helens star Paul Wellens has indicated he wants to continue playing next season – and says that with such a young squad in place, their Grand Final success last weekend can be the start of something huge for the club.

The Saints won their first Grand Final in eight years last Saturday – with Wellens having experienced the heartache of losing in five straight finals in between last weekend and their 2006 triumph over Hull.

And the 34-year-old says discussions are taking place between himself, chairman Eamonn McManus and chief executive Mike Rush, admitting he is going to be playing on for at least another season.

“I’m planning to play on. I’ve already spoken to Eamonn McManus and Mike Rush but there’s no contract signed at the moment,” he said.

“This could be the catalyst for us to win more trophies – especially with such a strong group of younger players.

“We’ve got a title to defend in 2015 now and the World Club Challenge against Souths – there’s lots to look forward to.

“It’s a mouthwatering challenge for whoever the new coach is – our young players will only get better and the players we have been missing will come back in.”