Hills GraduationWarrington Wolves have re-signed Alliance player, John Hill, 20 on a full time contract of twelve months, which will see him train with the first team squad and be available for first team selection.John is known for his aggressiveness and sheer determination, which has seen him rewarded with his first grade debut as a substitute against Castleford in the last match of the Super League VI season. Originally signed to the Alliance from amateur club Wigan St Judes as a loose forward but has developed as a prop. Hill is knocking on the door of first team selection, as a strong defensive player.Being chosen for first team selection came as a surprise for John, "It was a shock, I wasn't expecting a first team contract. I have Gary Chambers to thank for pushing for me. I am aiming to gain as much first team experience next season, ideally I would like a regular first team spot. The pre-season training has been going well, we have been slowly building up, there is a real team spirit in the camp, which will be beneficial on the field. Can't wait for the season to kick off."Gary Chambers, John's Alliance Coach has been impressed with his ability, "His size is an asset, 17 stone and 6ft 2in with good rugby ability, guys like that are hard to come by. Jon had a good last year in the Alliance, unfortunately he had a few injuries, which I feel put him out of the running for the opportunity to feature in the first team more. He really wants o do well and improve himself. With all those attributes, I think he will be a good acquisition for the first team."Football Manager, David Plange commented on signing John Hill on a full time contact, "Paul Darbyshire and Gary Chambers have a very high opinion of John and although Steve and I have not seen to much of him in game time, we are fully confident that their opinion will see him live up to their expectations."
Cardoza InWarrington Wolves have signed Dale Cardoza, 22 from Halifax Blue Sox on a one-year deal. The centre/wing was formerly with Sheffield Eagles before signing up for the merged Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants. One of the hottest young properties in the game. Dale is at home anywhere in the back line, a very strong and quick young player.Dale stated, "I decided to join Warrington because I was impressed by the coaching set up, it is a club with a lot of potential, with Dave and Steve being quality coaching staff. I've seen some of the new players play in Australia, like Rodwell and Domic, they are to good signings bringing toughness and experience to the team. I am hoping to bring a lot of excitement to the game with my style of play."Football Manager, Dave Plange commented on new signing Dale Cardoza, "I believe that Dale's full potential has not been realised, therefore we are taking a challenge to make sure that he goes along way to achieving that.I first became acquainted with Dale when he signed for Sheffield Eagles at the age of 16. He was a target when I was at Hunslet, I tried to sign him, but there was a lot of interest from other clubs and he was out of my price range.He has a utility value, which is what we are looking for going into Super League VII. He is a versatile player which gives us a lot more options."
Festive GamesWarrington Wolves are pleased to confirm the fixture with newly promoted Widnes Vikings on Boxing of this year. The match, the first time the clubs will have met since the 1995-96 Centenary season, will be at the Autoquest Stadium in Widnes with a 3pm kick-off.The prices are set at ú10 for Adults and ú5 for concessions, however concessions will only be allowed in with a ticket and as yet cannot pay on the day. The club shop is hoping to have tickets available as soon as possible so that concessions may purchase their tickets well in advance.
Faith In YouthWarrington Wolves have re-signed Academy player, Steve Maden on a full time playing contract for the 2002 season. Maden, 18 signed from amateur club Golborne Parkside at the age of 17. During his first year with the Wolves he played for the Lancashire Academy. Steve was due to tour Australia with the GB Academy last summer, but was unable due to a knee injury which kept him out of the Academy side for most of Super League VI.Assistant Coach and Academy Programme Manager Paul Darbyshire commented, "Steve is a talented young player who has got a great future in the game ahead of him. He has a tremendous attitude towards the game and has set high standards for himself which he is beginning to be rewarded for. In Steve's first year with the Academy he quickly established himself and was selected for the Lancashire Academy in 2000. After the success of a number of our junior players last season it is pleasing to see another Academy player progress in to the first team squad."Steve Maden remarked on signing fulltime for the Wolves, "It was a surprise to be offered the opportunity to sign fulltime, I knew I would get a new contract but never dreamt that it would be a first team one, due to my injury last season. I am looking forward to working alongside Anderson and Plange, they havebeen good to me and I reckon that I can improve my game under their tuition. Steve has brought in some good experienced players, like Rodwell, Burns and Domic and it will be amazing to play alongside them. I am hoping to make a big impact on the first team in my first year."
Wolves Swoop for BulldogWarrington Wolves have signed Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldog Leon Felton, 21 on a one-year deal. Felton is a utility player with the ability to play fullback, centre and wing. The 21-year-old Zimbabwean-born player does not count on the import quota because of his Irish grandmother. St Helens signed Leon in October to complete their year due to their injury problems, joining them on trial from Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs towards the end of Super League VI, on recommendation of their new prop, Darren Britt.Felton has had spells with Perth Reds and Melbourne Storm, where his association with Performance Director, Steve Anderson began. Leon played for the Australian Schoolboys in 1997 before moving to Melbourne Storm with Steve where he played for their feeder club, Brisbane Norths. Leon moved to Canterbury Bankstown in 1999, where he played fullback in the 2000 Grand Final First Division match. Leon had several NRL options to consider on returning to Australia including Canterbury Bulldogs before signing for Warrington for 2002.Performance Director Steve Anderson commented on the signing of Leon Felton, "Leon is a versatile player and is comfortable in several positions in the backline. His main attributes are his speed and deception from kick returns. He is a handy acquisition for us in that he can play in several positions and which will add to our depth in the backline."St Helens new prop, Darren Britt played alongside Leon at the Bulldogs stated on the news of Felton signing for the Wolves, "I rate Leon we played alongside each other a lot so I got to know his style of play. He's a young fellow who is developing a good attitude and a good game simultaneously. I reckon he had a bright future in NRL in Sydney, but Leon decided to go for British Rugby instead. I think he will find it difficult at first but he's the kind of bloke who's relishes a challenge. Good luck to him, I'm looking forward to playing against him next season."
Wolves Prize DrawThe Wolves end of season Prize Draw took place yesterday evening at the Touchdown Club, thousands of entries were received for the competition and their were some happy winners on the night. Lee Penny, Jon Clarke and David Kidwell took time out to help make the draw with the first prize of a Family Season Ticket up for grabs.The Winner of the First Prize, worth ú320, was C Mullaney with ticket no. 6106, second prize of a signed framed 1986 Premiership Replica shirt went to Ken Knight with ticket no. 6722 and third prize of a signed framed Super League VI replica shirt went to Karl Sutton with ticket no. 6982.There were One Hundred prizes in total with people as far afield as Halifax picking up some Wolves goodies. A full list of winning ticket numbers and winners will be published as soon as possible.
Legends at WilderspoolThe Great Britain "Legends" will be using Wilderspool to train for their up-coming matches against a similar aussie side.The side, Captained by former Warrington scrum-half Andy Gregory, will use Wilderpsool to hone their legendary status into peak shape to match up against the likes of Mal Meninga, Wally Lewis, Laurie Daley, Eric Grothe and Paul Sironen. The Great Britain squad contains such names as Des Drummond, Gary Schofield, Bob Eccles and John Fieldhouse. The game will take place on Saturday November the 10th, kicking off at 6:30pm. Tickets are ú10 for Adults and ú5 for concessions.The team will be training this evening at Wilderspool and fans are welcome to come along and watch some of the best in the business strapping on their boots once more. Admission is by a small fee at the Bevan stand.
Penny Goes OnlineWarrington Wolves fullback Lee Penny has launched his own website to celebrate his testimonial year. Lee is about to enter his tenth consecutive season playing for the Wolves. The website consists of photographs of Lee throughout his career and a list of testimonial events will be available when decided upon.Lee commented on the idea of the website, "I saw how popular the Warrington Wolves website was and decided that it would be a novel way of communicating my testimonial plans with the fans."Shevington Sharks ARLFC in Wigan sponsor the site where Lee coaches the open age. For more information check out the site at:<www.leepenny.co.uk
4 is the Magic Number!Next season watching the Wolves will be better value than ever through the unique Early Bird Deal for season tickets. For the first time, the Wolves will offer ALL season ticket holders huge savings of at least 4 free games with our Early Bird deal available until 10th November 2001.Director of Community and Marketing, Adam Jude commented "that all at Warrington Wolves recognise the passionate and unwavering support of our fans throughout Super League VI and as a result we have launched this attractive deal. Our core base of supporters, who are our Season Ticket Holders, has grown over 50%. during the last two seasons. The aim is to build on this loyal fan base as we prepare for the move into the new stadium".Early Bird prices include Bevan Adult at ú160 and Ground Adult at ú110. The continued growth of the Family market is encouraged through the creation of the Single Parent Family ticket for the Bevan Stand, where on Early Bird purchase at ú199 will save an impressive ú221.On top of the four free games with our Early Bird deal all full paying adult season tickets holders will receive a ú10 voucher towards the new principle playing jersey and all season ticket holders have access to free subscription to the Wolves E-Zine.Jude concludes, "Without doubt, an exciting new era beckons at Wilderspool under the leadership of Performance Director, Steve Anderson. Already with the key signings of Club Captain Matt Rodwell, Darren Burns, Dale Laughton and Sid Domic, Anderson is developing a 'whole new breed of Wolves!".The Season Ticket application form will be delivered to the fans homes in the next week. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Ticket Hotline on 01925 235005.
English WolvesTwo Warrington young-guns have been named in John Kear's England Under-21 squad that will play for a tour place to South Africa in November.Paul Noone and Paul Wood have both been named in an emerging Super League XIII for an Under-21 trial match against a Northern Ford Premiership side at Widnes on Wednesday, October 10. Both have a chance of touring South Africa and facing the Rhinos in a two test series.Noone, a former Great Britain Academy Captain, has come on in the last two seasons showing some tough attacking to complement his equally hard defence. Paul is a versatile player who has recently being playing first team rugby in the loose forward berth, but is equally at home in the second-row. Having recently signed up for another two years and being a product of the Wolves youth system the opportunity for the back-rower to step-up to the next level is in grasp.Paul Wood is another of the Wolves academy set-up, a tall and rangy forward, slotting into either the prop or second row position he has done exceeding well in his debut year of Super League. Mainly playing off the bench, to great effect, Paul has a strong attacking game having picked up 23 tries in 47 appearances for the Academy last season.The Super League squad is: C Poucher (Hull), L Greenwood (Halifax), M Gleeson (Huddersfield), M Aspinwall (Wigan), H O'Hare (Huddersfield), C Thorman(Huddersfield), P Handforth (Wakefield), R Bibey, (Wigan), M Higham (St Helens), G Carvell (Hull), R Fletcher (Hull), P Noone (Warrington), D Tickle (Halifax).Subs (from): W Pryce (Castleford), B Westwood (Wakefield), P Wood (Warrington), C Feather (Wakefield), S Wild (Wigan), R Parker (Bradford), D McConnell (St Helens), M Edmondson (St Helens), P Sykes (Bradford).