Welsh winger is the talk of rugby league after an amazing impact
REGAN Grace can become a St Helens star for the next 10 YEARS – as long as he does not get ahead of himself after his sensational start.
The Welsh winger, borother of former Big Brother star Lateysha, has made an amazing impact after being brought into the side, scoring tries and making dazzling runs against both Castleford and Wigan.
But interim boss Derek Traynor believes it is up to the 20-year-old to make himself a first-team regular, and that may mean he could be DROPPED in coming weeks.
However, if Grace applies himself as well mentally as he has physically, then he could be a fixture for a decade.
Traynor, one of three coaches filling in alongside Sean Long and Jamahl Lolesi after Keiron Cunningham was sacked, said: “Regan is a level headed, down to earth kid so he will not get carried away with it.
“Our job is to turn him into a 10-year Saints Super League player, but he has a long way to go to that.
“Regan’s done really well in a couple of games and he’s a great athlete, but he knows he’s still got a lot to learn, as we know.
“He will have some hiccups and some bumps along the way but he’s got good people around him who can help, and hopefully he’ll go on and be a top Super League player.
“There are other lads ready for that chance. When they get it, it’s up to them to do what Regan’s done. It might go flat for him, though, and he might have to come back out.”
Saints have picked up since Cunningham’s departure and will have prop Kyle Amor available for tonight’s trip to Widnes after he was told the red card he received at Wigan was sufficient.
But Traynor, who has worked with their academy for years, has called on the players to not rest easy after beating Castleford on Monday, even though he is still pinching himself he is one of the first-team’s interim coaches.
He added: “We don’t want to fall in love with ourselves because we tried hard and put in two decent performances.
“Our philosophy is you give ultimate effort every week, it’s skill, intensity and game sense we want to improve.
“When I started here, I was a volunteer working with the under-11s in 1995, then the club asked, ‘Will you do this? Will you do that?’ Working with the first team wasn’t an ambition, it’s something I never dreamed of.
“The club has asked me to help out with the first team. Whether it’s a month, two months or the end of the season, I’ll just give it my best.”
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