20 years is a long time in life or in any sport but when you play for the same club for 20 years, that is an achievement that should make one proud.
That achievement has been reached by St Helens veteran Paul Wellens who incredibly, has played all 20 years at the same club after making his debut in 1996.
Fresh off a Championship win, the veteran, who has achieved everything in the game, knows that there are exciting times ahead as he helps the next breed of players make their mark.
“I’m really looking forward to 2015,” Wellens said.
“With a World Club Challenge to look forward to, the new Super League format and a title to defend it is a very exciting time for the club.
“I’m in the very latter stages of my career and with a good crop of young players coming through my focus is on training hard and competing for a place in the team whilst also using my experience to help these young players develop further.
“This is a challenge I’m looking forward to. I’m also excited to be working with Keiron Cunningham, Jamahl Lolesi and Sean Long.”
The club are pleased to retain him and knowing just how good he is and how much he loves rugby league, they know that he will have a solid impact in 2015 at the age of 34.
“He proved his versatility in our Championship winning season by playing in many positions and performing at a high level,” said Saints coach, Kieron Cunningham.
“His commitment to the club is superb; he is the ultimate professional and that rubs off on all those around him. He is also keen to learn and improve, setting himself challenges to get better.
“His strong and respected relationship with the players is evident by the fact he wants to help improve Jonny Lomax’ game at fullback – the position he plays in.
“That is a fantastic and unselfish example to the young players in the squad.”