St Helens Rugby League News: Dodd’s Departure Sparks Search for Replacement

Replacing a Superstar: St Helens Explore Options after Dodd’s Departure

(BBC Radio Merseyside, 12 May 2023) – Following the announcement that talented half-back Lewis Dodd will depart St Helens to join the South Sydney Rabbitohs, head coach Paul Wellens faces the challenge of finding a suitable replacement. Dodd’s contributions, including the match-winning drop goal in the 2023 World Club Challenge, have been instrumental to the team’s success, leaving a significant void to fill.

Speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside, Wellens outlined the four potential avenues the club is considering to address this personnel change. Firstly, the Red Vee boss confirmed that Saints will explore the transfer market for a direct replacement, stating,

“One of the options is to go out and sign another seven as a direct replacement.”

Secondly, Wellens hinted at the possibility of shifting versatile player Moses Mbye into the crucial scrum-half position, noting,

“We’ve also got Moses, who’s played in the seven shirt.”

Mbye’s ability to cover multiple roles could prove a valuable asset in plugging the gap left by Dodd.

Another internal option Wellens is considering is moving experienced half-back Jonny Lomax into the number seven jersey. As Wellens explained,

“We’ve got the ability to move Johnny Lomax into seven, as well as like you say, sign a one or a six.”

This suggests a more fluid approach to the position.

Lastly, Wellens acknowledged the club’s proud tradition of developing homegrown talent, stating that the Saints academy has produced several promising young half-backs, including Will Roberts, who is returning from injury, and George Whitby, who is set to join the first-team setup soon.

Regardless of the path Wellens and the Saints choose, it is clear that the club is committed to finding the right solution to replace the influential Dodd, ensuring the team’s continued success in the highly competitive world of rugby league.

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