Wellens hoping for contract extension

Saints skipper Paul Wellens

Saints skipper Paul Wellens

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Paul Wellens says he is hopeful of signing an extension to his existing deal when his current contract expires at the end of the season.

The Saints skippers, who is the club’s longest-serving player, says he hopes to sit down with chairman Eamonn McManus over the coming few weeks.

However, the former Man of Steel winner says he doesn’t predict lengthy contracts talks.

“I’ve got a great relationship with the chairman and contract negotiations never take more than 10 minutes over a cup of tea,” said Wellens.

“I’ll have a similar conversation with him again midway through the season to see where we are at.

“What I’ve done for the last three or four years is take it one year at a time.”

Wellens currently holds the record for the number of Super League appearances, having played in 417 top flight matches and told BBC Merseyside he was in no hurry to retire.

“I’m still really enjoying what I’m doing,” said Wellens.

“To be able to play so many games, you have got to be enjoying it, wanting to get up every week to go to training and try to perform your best on the weekend.

“Obviously, along the way you need a little bit of luck with injuries, which I have had.

“A lot will depend on how the body is, whether there are any injuries, and obviously I will sit down with the family and discuss things.

“I’m in no real rush to make a decision, and I know I’m at a great club and don’t feel any pressure to make a decision.

“From the mental side of things I think it’s got easier.

“I know my body, I know how to prepare for games, I know what is expected of me.

“I don’t stress about things now as much as I did when I was younger because I’m more comfortable in the environment.”