Fans ForumFans ForumWithPerformance Director: Steve AndersonChief Executive: Andy GatcliffeChairman: Lord Doug HoyleWednesday 12th September 20017:30pm for 8:00pm kick offPrice: ú2 Adultú1 ChildAsk all those questions you have been dying to know the answers to.."Why did the club let Toa go to Hull FC?""Who is going to re sign and who is leaving the club?"
Wolves to Face the SaintsWarrington Wolves have named their squad to face St Helens on Sunday 26th August 2001, kick off 3:00PM.Lee Penny, Kevin Crouthers (D), David Kidwell, Toa Kohe Love, Steve Thomas, Lee Briers, Gary Hulse, Martin Masella, Jon Clarke, David Bates, Tawera Nikau, Jerome Guisset, Ian Knott, Anthony Swann, Paul Noone, Dave Whittle, Danny Nutley, Steve McCurrieIt has been confirmed that Rob Smyth will be out for the rest of the season having popped his shoulder during the Castleford Tigers game on the 12th August.Warrington has brought in a fifth trialist, Kevin Crouthers who will be in the starting line up for Sunday's game. Crouthers, 25 can play either centre or on the wing and has come on trial from Dewsbury Rams on a week to week basis. Crouthers has played at Bradford Bulls (1998), London Broncos (2000), Doncaster Dragons (2000) and Widnes Vikings (2001).Performance Director, Steve Anderson commented, "Kevin is an acclaimed player, known for his attacking style of play and deft ball handling skills. I have offered him a trial with the Wolves on a week to week basis the same as all the other trialists - Bates, Whittle, Smith, Thomas and Swann. He will be given the opportunity to see how he performs at this level."Anthony Swann and Kevin Crouthers will have an outing in the U21's fixture tonight against Huddersfield Giants.
Anderson on SL VIISteve Anderson has given an insight into how he will be choosing his squad for Super League VII.Anderson has stated that he will not be rushed into any signings and is rigid in sticking to the budget that he has been set, which he believes is enough to field a competitive side for 2002."I have spoken to most of the players individually, particularly the younger players' and they know where I stand."Now it's all based on performance. I know the players are in the market, and that is their prerogative, but what I'm hoping to do over the next six weeks is to display to them what I value in terms of coaching. Hopefully the players and their managers are smart enough to know that they are going to develop under me. So I'm trying to sell myself as well and I'm not going to be rushed into anything."It is an incentive for the players. If they are not prepared to take the challenge, I don't want them because everything in Rugby League is a challenge. It's a competitive sport and every week players are confronted with challenges. So this way it is going to indicate to me whose up for it and who's not."So it's a case of 'Boys, you're on trial. There's a contract here but you're going to have to perform and you have six weeks in which to show me your wares'."In the meantime, if I think a player is ready I will call them in."
Mercer to LeedsGary Mercer has left Warrington Wolves to join Leeds Rhinos. Mercer signed for the Wolves for a second time in April this year, but has decided to move to Leeds. Gary has played 100 games for the club over his two spells and score 18 tries.The Board commented, "We would like to thank Gary for his hard work over the last 18 games. Gary arrived at the club when we were going through difficult times and he lifted the team on the field and we are indebted to him for that. We wish him luck for future."
Swann to trialThe Wolves are giving a trial to Western Samoan international, Anthony Swann, 26. Centre, Swann is set to arrive in England to start training on Monday ahead of Warrington Wolves v St Helens on the 26th August. Centre, Swann has played for Auckland Warriors, Canberra Raiders, Norths and Balmain Tigers in recent years. Swann has had three caps for New Zealand before opting for Western Samoa prior to the 2000 World Cup.Performance Director, Steve Anderson commented, "He is an aggressive footballer and obviously with Toa gone we have a hole to fill. He'll be here on Monday and hopefully he will take the field against St Helens. Like all the trialists I have brought on board in the last two weeks Swann will have to prove his worth if he is to stand the chance of signing fornext season."Vital Statistics/u>DOB: 27 March 1975Weight: 101kgHeight: 184cmPosition: CentreCareer: Auckland Marist Jnr, Canberra Raiders 2000, Norths 1999, Auckland Warriors 1996-1998International Career: NZ 1996, 2 Tri-Series 1997, West Samoan World Cup 2000
TrialistsWarrington Wolves have given two more players trials this season. David Whittle, 23 from Leigh Centurions and Steve Thomas, 22 from Leeds.Whittle started at Wigan and came through the development side and Academy before signing for Leigh in 1998. Whittle has international Welsh honours and recently played for Wales against England, alongside Wolves' Lee Briers. Whittle was prominent for Wales during the World Cup, receiving Man of the Match against Tonga.Thomas started at Bradford Bulls under the watchful eye of then coach Matthew Elliot, before moving to Leeds Rhinos under Anderson and Plange, where he impressed. Thomas was an U18 Welsh international.Anderson commented, "Both players are under 24 and fit in with my criteria that I am putting into place at Warrington. Whittle and Thomas will be given a week to week trial to see how they perform at this level. Both have impressed me enough to give them the opportunity to prove themselves here at Warrington."
Bates On TrialWarrington Wolves have taken Castleford Tigers' 20 year-old back rower David Bates on trial. Bates, who played against the Wolves yesterday in their 27-12 victory of the Tigers, impressed Steve Anderson, "We have taken Bates on a trial, it is a week to week arrangement at present to have a look and assess how he plays with the team."Rob Smyth who was led from the field in the clash with the Tigers yesterday injured has popped his shoulder. Smyth is due to undergo tests later today. Anderson commented, "It is too early to say how long Rob will be out of the line up, we are waiting for the test results and we will go on how he progresses over the next week or two."
Team News - Round 23Steve Anderson has named his squad to face Castleford Tigers on Sunday.AlsteadSmythLoveSibbitHunteBriersClarkeNutleyGleesonMasellaGuissetMcCurrieNikauKnottNooneWoodSmithLee Briers and Danny Nutley return after missing last week victory over the Bulls.The Tigers have doubts over all of their three half-backs and have signed scrum-half Jamie Rooney on loan from Featherstone on stand-by. Danny Orr, with leg and shoulder injuries, is doubtful to be named in the line-up. Mitch Healey and Mark Lennon are looking to overcome groin and ankle injuries respectively.The Wolves have the following players sidelined due to injury:Penny (groin), Mercer (ankle), Busby (groin), Stenhouse (knee)
Smith on TrialWarrington Wolves are giving Dewsbury Ram's Paul Smith a trial. Smith, 22 plays second row and has made 20 appearances and scored 9 tries this season.Wolves coach Steve Anderson commented, "Paul is on trial with us on a week to week basis at present. I want to see how he gets on at this level. Smith has come up through the Castleford Academy system and impressed, so I decided to give him a chance to prove himself."
Statement from AlfI would like to thank all of the Warrington fans for their support over the last two seasons. It has been amazing, the chanting has been overpowering at times and really helped the team at crucial moments by lifting spirits.You guys have been the loudest speccies I have come across in Super League and I hope that this will continueI am sad to leave Warrington, but due to my ankle injury detoriating and having to play through the pain barrier more often of late, I fell I have no choice but to end my career prematurely.I take with me many a fond memory of the Wolves, I have made many friends here and will always have a soft spot for Warrington.I hope to return one day to watch a game. I hope that you continue to support the Wire.I would just like to finish by saying a big Thank You to you all for making my two seasons with Warrington Wolves special ones.Allan