Wello’s World: A special evening to remember

Paul Wellens and Tom van Vollenhoven
Paul Wellens and Tom van Vollenhoven
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I WAS obviously disappointed to be a spectator at our first Super League game at Langtree Park but it also gave me the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere in what was an emotionally charged evening.

I was delighted to lead the team out even if it was in my club suit and not my playing kit and to be on the field alongside so many of St Helens past players prior to kick off was a huge honour.

The reception that Tom Van Vollenhoven received had the hairs standing on the back of my neck and I’m sure it’s an experience that he will cherish.

Tom came into the changing room after the game to speak to the players, he told us how much he enjoyed the game, the second half in particular and wished the squad well for the rest of the season.

Earlier on in the day I was on BBC radio Merseyside alongside Tom and took the opportunity to have my photograph taken with him.

Certainly one for my scrapbook.

FROM one former legend to another for myself this week as I’m heading over to Leeds with Josh Perry to catch up with my former team mate Jamie Lyon.

Jamie is over with Manly Sea Eagles for the World Club Challenge game on Friday evening.

I have always kept in regular contact with Jamie and it will be great to see him again.

He will be no doubt prepared for my incessant nagging for him to quit the NRL and return to the Saints, it’s something that he has become used to over the last five years since he returned home.

WE were pleased to get the win at the weekend against a very competitive Salford side, they certainly came to spoil the party and were good value for their half time lead.

I think Royce was pleased for half time to come and it was as if a different team came out in the second half, we put on good plays and put the opposition under a lot of pressure off the back of a good kicking game.

Lee Gaskell in particular was impressive in the second half. He is a very laid back guy so much so that he has been given the nickname “corpse” as quite often there are very little signs of life but he certainly came to life at the weekend.

The exciting thing is with young players like Gasky is that they still have plenty of improvement in them.

WHILST on the subject of young players, I’m sure you will have heard about Jamie Foster opening a Saints themed hair salon in the town.

Salon22 situated in Fingerpost will be opening in approximately six weeks time and there will be discounts available for season ticket holders.

I can already envisage hundreds of St Helens kids with Jamie Foster style haircuts, he has already booked me in for a trim on the grand opening but I’ve made it quite clear that I don’t want a mohican or any stars shaving in the side of my head, but Chris Flannery has asked to book him in for the Just for Men treatment as soon as possible to take care of his greys.

JAMIE is not the first player to go into business with Jon Wilkin being the owner of a sandwich shop in Culceth and I think it’s got a few of the lads thinking about what business opportunities they could potentially invest in.

Jonny Lomax will no doubt be looking into the possibility of opening a Sunbed shop and Tony Puletua is thinking about going door to door selling the anti ageing cream he’s been working on, if any of them take off I’ll let you know.

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