St Helens: Paul Wellens wants new contract talks

Captain Paul Wellens says he hopes to discuss a new deal with St Helens.

Utility back Wellens, 34, has made more appearances in Super League than any other player and is out of contract at the end of the 2014 season.

"I've got a great relationship with the chairman [Eamonn McManus] and contract negotiations never take more than 10 minutes over a cup of tea," he said.

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

Wellens' St Helens career in numbers

St Helens full back Paul Wellens
  • 473 appearances in all competitions
  • Tries: 220
  • Goals: 40
  • Drop goals: 1
  • Total points: 961

Source: www.saintsrlfc.com 

Talking to BBC's Super League Show, former England and Great Britain international Wellens continued: "What I've done for the last three or four years is take it one year at a time."

One-club-man Wellens, who broke Keith Senior's Super League appearance record last month and has now played 417 top-flight matches since 1998, insists he is in no hurry to consider retirement.

He has made 13 appearances so far this term, nine as a substitute, and scored two tries.

"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."

And Wellens, who has won five Challenge Cups, four Grand Finals, two World Club Challenges plus the Man of Steel, Lance Todd (twice) and Harry Sunderland awards, said he is psychologically prepared to play on.

"From the mental side of things I think it's got easier," said Wellens.

"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."