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Woolf to take charge of St Helens

10th September 2019, 13:20 by Tom Hill

St Helens have appointed Kristian Woolf as head coach and he will replace Justin Holbrook on November 1.

The Super League leaders have been looking for a new man for the last few weeks after Holbrook confirmed his intention to return to Australia.

Woolf has been with the Newcastle Knights since 2018, initially joining the club as an assistant coach. He has since been promoted to interim coach after Nathan Brown resigned in August.

Holbrook will next take charge of the Gold Coast Titans but will first look to end his time at Saints with a trophy.

The 43-year-old saw his side lose the Challenge Cup final to Warrington Wolves last month although his team have the chance to make amends this autumn.

With one round of fixtures to go, Saints hold a 16-point cushion at the top of the table and chairman Eamonn McManus is expecting the momentum to carry on once Woolf arrives on Merseyside.

"We consider that Kristian is ideally qualified and placed to build upon the current success of the team and the club," he said.

"He has the experience and expertise to bring the best out of our existing squad and to improve it further.

"We are very confident that the Saints will seriously compete for honours under his tenure and that we will continue to play attractive and exciting rugby league."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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