Wello contract talks due ‘within a month’

Saints skipper Paul Wellens
Saints skipper Paul Wellens

Paul Wellens is yet to be offered a deal to play on at Saints for one more year - but talks are set to resume about his future within weeks.

Head coach Nathan Brown confirmed that he would sit down with Wellens for “a conversation” about his future within the next month or so.

Despite, at 34, being the elder statesman of the squad, Wellens has excelled for Saints as a utility player yet again this season.

Brown said: “I haven’t spoken to Wello about it yet but he’s been on one-year deals since well before I arrived here. It’s one of those things we’ll look at in the next month or so.

“But by this time last year I hadn’t spoken to him about it and the same goes for the chairman the year before.

“He’ll just have to assess how his body is and what he wants to do.

“His contribution has been great for us so far this year. He’s invaluable in terms of all the positions he’s played for us.

“He’s played really well whether it’s at half back, centre, full back or loose forward.

“Someone that can cover that many positions for you - and cover them well - is obviously a very valuable member of the squad. His leadership is first class for us too so it’s a conversation we’ll have to think about having soon.”

Brown also had some rare positive news about the progress of injury-plagued prop Richard Beaumont - who was signed in the close season but is yet to make his Saints debut - and gave the thumbs-up to Mose Masoe’s recent form.

He said: “Things have gone up and down for a while with Rich but things have been a lot more positive lately and if the next couple of parts of his rehab go well he will be able to start team training with us for the first time.

“Mose had a bad injury which held him back. He’s a big guy who needed to build up his fitness.

“But he’s starting to get into the shape he was in when we signed him last year.

Picking up an injury in the World Cup wasn’t his fault, and he’s taken a step forward in the last two games.”