Paul Wellens: St Helens captain wants focused Grand Final week

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St Helens won 19 of their 27 matches during the regular season to win the League Leaders' Shield

St Helens captain Paul Wellens has called for a focused week from the squad after they booked their place in the Grand Final.

The League Leaders' Shield winners overcame Catalan Dragons 30-12 in the last four as they reached the final for a second time in four years.

Saints will now face the winner between Wigan and Warrington at Old Trafford.

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"I suppose my job as captain this week is to just keep the boys focused on the performance really," said Wellens.

He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "It is a fantastic week and it's important that you enjoy it, but ultimately when game time comes, you've got to be prepared and confident enough to go out and do your job.

"When we came out tonight the boys produced an energetic performance, which is what you need at the end of the season.

"On the balance of power we were a little bit more hungry and more energetic than our opposition."

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Last time Saints won the Grand Final, in 2006 against Hull FC, 34-year-old Wellens was awarded the Harry Sunderland Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance.

After that win, St Helens lost a record five finals in a row, including the last time they were at Old Trafford in 2011.

Meanwhile, Wellens has also revealed he is in discussions about signing at new contract at Langtree Park.

"Nothing's been signed yet because with the play-offs and things going on I've got my mind elsewhere," he added.

"I've got a great relationship with the chairman and when things are done and dusted we'll have a sit down and see what's what."

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