Saints March into 2002!The New Years Day game between Warrington Wolves and St Helens has been confirmed.Warrington WolvesVSt Helens@Wilderspool StadiumK.O: 3:00PMPrices:strong>Ground ú10 Adult, ú5 ChildStand ú15 Adult, ú7 Child
Players get Kit onFor the coming Tetley's Super league VII season, Warrington Wolves are proud to announce their new kit and training range manufacturer - Kit@.Kit@ are currently enjoying success with Watford and Reading Football Clubs. Part of the Genesis Group, Kit@ are young and progressive Company dedicated to designing and supplying quality kit and training ranges to professional sporting clubs.Managing Director Jonathan Hamburger commented, "We are delighted to be working together in partnership with such an important and prominent community focused Club."Warrington Wolves have signed a four-year deal with Genesis, which will see the Club using the Kit@ logo on their playing kits, training range and on a leisure and replica range available within the Club shop, Wolfware.Director of Community and Marketing, Adam Jude commented on the deal, "The main advantage of this partnership with Genesis, is that it allows us to retail the clothing that the players wear for both training and after match in our club shop, 'Wolfware'".
Wolves Win AwardA Wolves scheme, with sponsorship courtesy of Manweb, to introduce Warrington primary schools to rugby league gained a runner-up prize in the Government's Sportsmatch scheme that encourages businesses to get involved in grass roots sport. The programme involving 15,000 children from 75 schools in the area is part of a co-operation and community deal between the club and local utility company Manweb.The Wolves scheme was just beaten in the youth category by a McDonald's sponsorship of Wimbledon Football Club that went on to be the overall winner. Awards were presented by Minister for Sport, Richard Caborn MP, at Headingley stadium on November 14.Manweb provided ú50,000 to develop the programme which involved 1,000 coaching sessions, 20 rugby festivals and a learning through sport programme at key stages 1 and 2 of the national curriculum. Sportsmatch matched the sponsorship with a further ú50,000 which enabled the programme to reach a larger number of children.The Manweb sponsorship was one of 350 projects backed last year by Sportsmatch which matches sponsorship of grass roots sport on a ú for ú basis. Since 1992 Sportsmatch generated sponsorship has put ú55 million into 72 different sports throughout England. More than 3,000 companies have been encouraged to sponsor, the majority for the first time.
Alstead ClearedThe Rugby Football League has not taken any action against Wolves player David Alstead after he was found to have tested positive following a random drugs test.Alstead appeared before an RFL Executive Director's Doping Control Tribunal at Red Hall on Wednesday, but claimed he was not aware he had taken anything illegal.The RFL have issued the following statement: "After careful consideration of the facts together with the input of an expert witness and the provision of impressive character references for the player we accept that David Alstead did not knowingly take a prohibited substance."
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.