St Helens head coach Paul Wellens is relishing the challenge of leading his side to history in Saturday’s World Club Challenge final.

Saints take on the Penrith Panthers in Australia in the first final since 2020 after the last two were cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.

Speaking today to Merseysportlive, Wellens says Saints winning the World Club Challenge would cap off an incredible last few years for the club.

“It would mean the world for this club and this playing group of lads,” he added.

“They’ve achieved something really special the last four seasons.”

The two-time World Club Challenge winners, who last lifted the trophy back in 2007, look to overturn 2020’s final defeat to the Sydney Roosters when they take on the Panthers.

Wellens believes a win would ensure his team’s legacy in rugby league history.

“If they were to win the World Club Challenge on top of the last four seasons, they’d cement their place as one of the greatest teams of all time.”

For Saints captain James Roby, 37, who played in the team that lifted the title in 2007, says his side are now reaping the rewards, for years of hard work.

He said: “You can sense it within the players, in and around training and everyone’s attitudes in gearing up for the game.”

Watch St Helens against the Penrith Panthers on Saturday February 18 on Sky Sports with kick off from 7.50am.

James Roby, St Helens, by Alamy Images under agreed licence
James Roby, St Helens, by Alamy Images under agreed licence