Skipper choice kept secret

PAUL Wellens has admitted he and James Graham are in the dark about who will lead Saints out at Old Trafford for the Grand Final.

Wellens and NRL-bound Graham have shared the captaincy this season, with impressive results.

However, the typically modest Wellens says he believes Graham would be a fitting choice in what will be his last game for Saints.

“I’m not sure, Royce Simmons hasn’t made that decision as yet,” Wellens said, at the Grand Final media day at Old Trafford.

“He looks at the team every week and makes a decision early.

“We don’t alternate. There have been times when I’ve done two or three weeks on the spin and Jammer (Graham) has done a couple on the spin.

“It’s not something that James or I worry too much about.”

Wellens, who has been assured of sole captaincy from next season, would not begrudge the armband going to Graham for his swansong this weekend.

“Jammer has had a fantastic career for St Helens,” he said.

“He’s a great player and a great lad and I’ve really enjoyed playing with him.

“You miss a quality player when they move on.

“James Graham is one of the – if not the – best front-rowers in the world of rugby league at the moment.

“I think his performance on Saturday night against Wigan was just full of everything.

“He seemed to cover every blade of grass on the field, and another performance like that from him this weekend wouldn’t go amiss.”