St Helens boss coy on starlet’s reported exit in move that would see outside-back reunite with legend Sam Burgess

Josh McAllister
Wesley Bruines, Paul Wellens

St Helens head coach Paul Wellens refused to comment on the future of Wesley Bruines but instead opted to praise the impact the youngster has had during his debut campaign. 

Bruines, 20, returned home following a stint in Australia to link up with the four-peat champions ahead of the 2023 campaign on a one-year deal.

He is yet to make his first appearance in the Red V colours, but was an unused sub against Warrington Wolves during the 28-6 win back in April.

Examiner Live reports that the centre will make the move to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for the 2024 campaign, having previously lived with incoming head coach Sam Burgess.

Bruines moved Down Under as an 18-year-old following two years in Wakefield’s academy, and was later picked up for South Sydney Rabbitohs’ development team thanks to NRL legend Burgess, having met the former forward just days into his new chapter.

He represented the club’s Under-21s Jersey Flegg outfit, alongside work as a landscaper, and lived in Burgess’ apartment during his time in Australia.

The reported move would see the Dewsbury-born player reunite with the former England international, who will take charge at the Wire on a two-year deal from 2024.

Paul Wellens coy on reported exit

Asked if he could comment on the potential exit by Love Rugby League during his weekly press conference, Wellens explained: “At this moment in time, no.

“Wes is a great kid, an honest kid, and we’ve had a couple of conversations but I can’t really say too much there, I don’t want to breach Wes’ trust.”

Instead, Wellens opted to praise the outside-back and his work ethic at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

“I think I’ll continue to have discussions with Wes over the next few weeks and ultimately he’ll make a decision on his future in due course but what I say about Wes is that since he’s come through the door, he’s a wonderful lad,” Wellens continued.

“He works hard and has been a real valued member of the group and I can’t fault him in any way.”

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