Yates' view: What else could Kristian say?
When is a story not a story? It's a question I ask after reading a local evening newspaper (not, I hasten to add, one of ours) the other day.
The headline screamed 'Kristian Woolf's future at St Helens remains up in the air despite endless success.'
It goes without saying his future was under threat from day one of his arrival at the Totally Wicked Stadium, just like every other coach in Super League if the results aren't favourable.
The Aussie boss was asked: “Kristian, you’re out of contract at the end of this season, do you expect to stay?”
Woolf, clearly not prepared for such a line of inquiry, gave a typically diplomatic answer. and that was hardly surprising in the circumstances.
“That is not a matter I have considered but at some stage I am going to have to put some thought into it.
''However, what I would say is that I could not be more happy with my decision to come to this club and this playing group.''
What else could he say? He's not likely to pack his bags and head home at this moment in time with a third Grand Final triumph on the trot looming large on the horizon, not to mention a bid to end Saints' long overdue Challenge Cup victory.
Now that would be a real story!
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