Shaul: Wellens is my inspiration

Hull FC star Jamie Shaul is competing to win Paul Wellens old number one jersey for England
Hull FC star Jamie Shaul is competing to win Paul Wellens old number one jersey for England

Up and coming England star Jamie Shaul has praised Paul Wellens role in his development.

The 24-year-old Shaul was named as full-back in the 2016 Dream Team after a sterling year with the Challenge Cup winners but is facing competition from Jonny Lomax, who played in all four of England’s autumn internationals, as well as Zak Hardaker and Sam Tomkins.

Paul Wellens is now working in a coaching capacity for St Helens and England

Paul Wellens is now working in a coaching capacity for St Helens and England

“They’re all special players,” Shaul said. “I think Zak has started the season very well.

“I’ll just try to do my bit for Hull week in, week out, and hopefully I’m there or thereabouts by the time the tour comes.

“I thought I went pretty well last year but I missed out on a call-up but it’s good to be here now.

“It’s my first taste of this. I wasn’t involved at amateur level so it’s good to be around new blokes, to get to know different faces. I’m trying to take in as much as I can.”

Shaul is particularly grateful to have former St Helens full-back Wellens, a former Man of Steel, to pick up tips from at the England training sessions.

“He’s on the coaching staff and he was a great player in his time and a legend in his own right so I’m trying to pick up what I can from him,” Shaul added.

“He was a player I watched closely growing up. He was as safe as houses under the high ball and great on attack as well.”