St Helens 2022 preview: Can the champions make it a four-peat?

St Helens 2022 preview with Kristian Woolf

St Helens enter the season as favourites and the team to beat once again.

The three-time Super League champions remain the yardstick that all the others have to reach.

Despite some high-profile exits, the likes of Jack Welsby and Lewis Dodd have already more than proved to be able successors to Lachlan Coote and Theo Fages.

Will Hopoate has been brought in from Canterbury Bulldogs to fill the void left by Kevin Naiqama, with Konrad Hurrell a shrewd signing from Leeds to add depth.

While the evergreen James Roby continues to shine at the top at the age of 36, the signing of Joey Lussick adds quality support and a clear succession plan.

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Key Man

What they said

Coach Kristian Woolf says the prospects of four in a row hasn’t been talked about.

He said: “It hasn’t been spoken about at all.

We’ve changed 10 of our squad of 30 but almost half of those have come up through the academy so they know what our culture is and what our expectations are.

“If you have a look through the competition, fans should be really excited about what’s coming up this year.

“Some really exciting players are being introduced and that’s going to make a stronger competition as a whole. I expect it to be extremely tight as well.

“We’ve got to keep ahead of that and I think our new players will help us improve.”

Key info

Coach: Kristian Woolf (since September 2019).

Captain: James Roby.

In: Joey Lussick (Parramatta), Will Hopoate (Canterbury Bulldogs), Curtis Sironen (Manly), Konrad Hurrell (Leeds), Daniel Hill (Widnes).

Out: Kevin Naiqama (Sydney Roosters), James Bentley (Leeds), Lachlan Coote (Hull KR), Joel Thompson (retired), Theo Fages (Huddersfield), Josh Eaves (Newcastle Thunder), Aaron Smith (Leigh, on season-long loan).

St Helens 2022 squad in full

1. Jack Welsby, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Will Hopoate, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Jonny Lomax, 7. Lewis Dodd, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Matty Lees, 11. Sione Mata’utia, 12. Joe Batchelor, 13. Morgan Knowles, 14. Joey Lussick, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Curtis Sironen, 17. Agnatius Paasi, 18. Kyle Amor, 19. Jake Wingfield, 20. James Bell, 21. Josh Simm, 22. Ben Davies, 23. Konrad Hurrell, 24. Dan Norman, 25. Matty Foster, 26. Sam Royle, 27. Jon Bennison, 28. Lewis Baxter, 29. Danny Hill, 30. Jumah Sambou, 31. Taylor Pemberton.

Odds: Grand Final winner 9/4 (1st), Regular season winner 6/4 (1st)

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Love Rugby League editor. Founded the website back in 2005. Worked with a range of clubs and sponsors during that time. Also commentates for BBC.

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