St Helens legend Paul Wellens has taken up the role of Player Performance Coach at the Saints.
The club legend will be providing his knowledge and experience alongside the existing Academy coaching staff to predominately the scholars, 19s and reserve teams.
He will also shadow the first team coaches and staff. Wellens is currently assistant coach with England and will continue that role as well as remaining part of the Saints – a club he has been with for more than 20 years.
Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush said: “Clearly, having someone with the knowledge and experience of Paul Wellens at the club is a massive boost. He is one of our most decorated players and instantly commands respect within the club and amongst the players.
“His experience will be crucial to bringing through the next batch of talent from our Academy system that has been rated Outstanding by the RFL.
“He has already started work and I know all those in our junior set up, appreciate his work ethic and knowledge.”
Paul has also joined Sports Coach UK’s Aspire programme.
The scheme has recruited 22 coaches from across the four Home Countries from a wide variety of individual and team sports to undertake a challenging 18 month accelerated learning programme.
It is part of Sports Coach UK’s work with UK Sport to align national performance coach development programmes.
Aspire was developed to broaden the understanding and influence the practice of those coaches with the potential to progress to a world class level.
It will enable him to achieve his maximum potential as a leading coach.
Paul said: “I’m really pleased to remain at the club and help nurture the future talent coming through the club. I’m here to mentor and develop the youngsters to not only become better players but responsible and professional people too.
“I’m looking forward to working with Derek Traynor, Ian Talbot and all the coaching staff.”