Wellens: New Challenge

PAUL Wellens is looking forward to the next challenge of his career – after playing in the toughest!

The full back made his return from injury in the win over Salford in the “worst conditions” he’s experienced.

“It was dreadful,” he said. “I know most people have experienced the cold, but when you can’t feel your hands or feet… it’s difficult when you are playing rugby! It was a case of tearing up the gameplan and trying to get a result. Perhaps I should have delayed my return a week.

“The real plus was to get out there and contribute with the boys. I felt good physically and that gave me a real confidence boost going forward.”

It’s likely that Wellens’ will be moving position when Jonny Lomax is fit – a role he is comfortable with.

“I have no problem with moving,” Wello said. “I spoke to Nathan Brown before the start of the season about it and when I was injured. Hand on heart it doesn’t concern me. I want to be in the team and it doesn’t matter where I am.

“I will be an opportunity to get my teeth into something different. I will crack on with the job and do the best for the team.

“I’ve done a bit of work with the forwards in training and they’ve teased me a fair bit too. I just show them the GPS that shows who covers the most ground during a game!

“I consider myself to not be a full back, but a rugby player. I know what is expected in other positions and hopefully I can use that experience.

“I have helped Jonny (Lomax) out a few times and he has been sensational at full back. From my perspective it is good to see him playing with a smile on his face and a carefree attitude. Number seven at Saints carries a lot of responsibility and Jonny moving has enabled him to express the talent he has.”

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