Kristian Woolf keen on bringing Tonga stars to St Helens

Drew Darbyshire

St Helens coach Kristian Woolf says he wouldn’t mind welcoming a couple of Tonga’s international stars to Super League.

On Tuesday, the 44-year-old faced the British media for the first time since being appointed St Helens boss.

Woolf admitted he is keen to stay on as Tonga boss alongside his role with Super League champions St Helens, and would even like to bring a couple of his international players over to the Totally Wicked Stadium at some point.

He said: “I’d love to get a couple over if the opportunity arose from our club and from their point of view.

“The hard thing is that as Tonga get stronger, there is a bigger presence in the game in general in Australia and New Zealand.

“Some of those players we’ve got there are the best players in the world in their positions, so that makes them hard to get your hands on.

“They are terrific blokes and they are terrific players. The reason why they are having so much success is that they are good blokes, honest people and they’ve got good attitudes towards working hard and being better players.

“They are going to be a real asset to their club wherever they go and if the opportunity arose then I’d love to bring some over – but the deals need to fit the club as well.”

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