11 Wolves pen new deals
Warrington Wolves have agreed contract extensions with eleven players retaining the core of the current squad for 2014 and beyond.
Centre Ryan Atkins, utility player Simon Grix and back rower Ben Harrison have penned new deals keeping them at the club for four years until November 2017.
Aussie winger Joel Monaghan and up-and-coming forward Glenn Riley, who made his first-team debut this season, will both remain at the Wolves for the next three seasons until November 2016.
Quintet Chris Riley, Micky Higham, Paul Wood, Ryan Shaw and Danny Bridge have all agreed two-year contract extensions with the Primrose and Blue until the end of 2015 with hooker Michael Monaghan confirming a one-year deal for a further season until November 2014.
Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said on these contract extensions: "We are delighted to be retaining the stability of our squad and we are really pleased that these players are staying on to help continue to build this great club. The fact that we are getting stronger as a squad each year has probably been shown by the number of consecutive wins we've had recently. It has shown that we are still improving and we are striving to get better and better each year. We've got some terrific young players coming through and the consistency of our senior players has been fantastic as well. We are delighted that we will only have a small turnover of players once again; that's the way we like it at Warrington."
Ryan Atkins (Heritage Number: 1089)
Ryan is a recognised England centre and surpassed the 100 appearance milestone for the club earlier this season having cemented his position in the side since joining back in 2010. He combines pace with power and has developed a strong partnership with winger Chris Riley, setting up and scoring numerous tries with 18 to his name to date this year.
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Simon Grix (1069)
Simon has made 26 appearances for the Wolves this year becoming an integral part of the squad. He has stepped into various roles throughout the season highlighting his versatility. As one of the unsung heroes in the side he has become one of the recognised go-to players in many fixtures this season.
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Ben Harrison (1070)
Ben, 25, is a physical and tireless back row forward and marked his 150th appearance for the club in the Cup tie against Keighley having made his debut in 2006 alongside the likes of Mike Cooper and Simon Grix. He is a solid defender and is often recognised for his creative offloads in the tackle. Ben plays his part in the powerful Warrington pack and is also breaking through on the international scene having already represented his country on three occasions, the latest being against France last year.
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Joel Monaghan (1095)
Joel tops the Wolves' try-scoring charts this season with 27 under his belt to date, making 49 tackle busts on his way. He has become renowned for his pinpoint finishing in the corner and, along with his brother Michael, has become the inspiration for a new song on the terraces. Joel represented the Exiles earlier this year - selected as one of the top-end overseas imports in our game - taking on his England team-mates in the International Origin at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
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Glenn Riley (1106)
Glenn, 20, made his first team debut back in April and has since gone on to make a further five first team appearances. He is a young, impact player coming in off the bench and has fitted into the squad well whilst also gaining some game-time and experience with partner club Swinton Lions.
Chris Riley (1061)
Chris, 25, progressed through the club's ranks supported by Squadbuilder and has established himself as a regular on the wing combining well with centre Ryan Atkins down the left. He made his debut back in 2005 and celebrated his 150th appearance in primrose and blue earlier this year. Renowned for his solid attack, serious pace and deadly finishing Chris has touched down for 119 tries and with his professional career in its infancy there are plenty more where they came from.
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Paul Wood (999)
Paul, 31, has been a long-standing servant of the club having made his debut back in 2000. Since then the tough, physical forward has made over 300 appearances for the primrose and blue, becoming renowned for his number of carries in a game along with his well-timed offloads. He is a tough competitor down the middle of the field having made well over 2000 metres so far this season. He is an integral part of the team with many of the young, up-and-coming players now benefitting from his experience within the top-flight.
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Micky Higham (1085)
Hooker Micky Higham has continued to make an impact in the side this season, guiding the team round the field and finding a gap in the defensive line on 11 occasions to dart over for a try. His wealth of experience is paying dividends with the likes of Brad Dwyer now pushing through into the first team. His work rate is also tireless having made 541 tackles to date.
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Ryan Shaw and Danny Bridge (1105)
Both young players have had a taste of Super League this year with Danny making his debut for the Wolves in April before making a further two appearances and Ryan experiencing a loan spell at London Broncos. Both have progressed through the academy ranks and as part of the first-team training squad.
Michael Monaghan (1081)
The hooker has made 22 appearances this season predominantly off the bench surpassing the 150 appearance milestone midway through the season. Next year will be the seventh season in primrose and blue for the tough and intelligent Aussie. He is a thinker of the game and often offers as much guidance off the pitch as he does on it.
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14, Aug, 2013