Cragganmore Kid wrote:
Let's see what the plan is for Wello before we judge. If he's 1st choice fullback, I'd agree but don't rule out a run at 2nd Row or utility cover out.
People have suggested the back row as a possible destination for Wellens since it was first pointed out that he was a massive problem for us. Which was probably when he was turned inside out and laughed at by Wayne McDonald, Ali Lauititi and then Scott Donald. But has Wellens ever played anywhere other than fullback and emergency half back and wing in his time? Has he even played one minute in the backrow for Saints? Why would it be a good idea to keep him for that? We've got Makinson who has proven in a Grand Final that he can play fullback, Hohaia who has played internationally many times at fullback and Lomax who seems to have the right attributes. And that's without going into Swift, Ashe and co. The backrow isn't weak either, we really don't need a tortoise of a backrower who cannot slide over in defense.
A new contract for Wellens would be 100% sentimentality and would show the club isn't interested in winning trophies anymore. Give him a job as an ambassador, he seems a really nice lad, give him a community job, scouting and coaching in schools or something.