Welsby not anxious to stick to one position

Jack Welsby will always be assured of a place in the St Helens history books.

But rather than dining out on the dramatic last-gasp try that clinched Grand Final glory against Wigan five months ago, the 20-year-old is hungry to help his club to more success.

Saints are aiming to become the first team to win three successive Super League titles since Leeds achieved the between 2007 and 2009, ironically against St Helens each time.

And Kristian Woolf’s side has made a flying start, with four wins from four, plus a Challenge Cup victory over Leeds.

Welsby, at centre, played a key role in the recent 34-6 win over Wakefield, scoring a try and setting up two for his winger Regan Grace.

And he backed that up with another solid performance, again at centre, in Thursday’s 18-10 defeat of Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Now the former Blackbrook junior and Saints Academy stand-out, who can play in a variety of positions in the backs, has got Friday’s hosts Leigh in his sights.

There’s plenty of debate about Welsby’s best role, but he’s in no rush to tie himself down.

“I played mainly as a fullback coming through the Academy, but my best run of games in the first team has been in the centres,” he says.

“People ask me my best position, but to be honest, I’m unsure. I’d like to think I could do a few different jobs in the team.

“The great thing about being at Saints is that I’ve got a star-studded side around me, and I want to take as much out of them as I can.

“The main thing for me is to keep learning and keep developing.

“Obviously I was happy with what happened last season, but after the dust had settled, Woolfy and I sat down together, and said let’s not let this be the end of it.

“I really want to push myself and stay in the team. That’s my aim at the moment. I’m enjoying myself, hopefully I’ve got a lot of rugby in front of me, and I’m happy to find out my best position somewhere down the line.”

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