New Club Captain for WolvesWarrington Wolves have signed Matthew Rodwell from Penrith Panthers. Matthew, 29 a halfback has signed on a two year deal.Rodwell signed for his current club Penrith Panthers in 2000 and made his debut at first grade level in 1992 for Newcastle Knights. A talented halfback with exceptional kicking and passing game, he shows other superb halfback qualities including organisational skills and a neat running game. Matthew Rodwell will be the new Warrington Wolves Club captain going into Super League VII. Rodwell has amassed a career total of 179 appearances, 36 tries with four field goals.Steve Anderson commented on the signing of the club's new captain, "Matt's experience of ten season in the NRL in Australia will more than assist in the develop of our young players at the club. The present Penrith Panthers coach, Royce Simmons has paid tribute to Matt's involvement with the development side of things in Penrith. Which I consider important in a club captain, to look to develop the youth within a side. Rodwell is an experienced No.7 and combined with my earlier signing of his team mate Sid Domic at No.13 they will bring the experience into the side that I am looking for to take the side forward next season. Matt's organisational skills will be an attribute to the style of play that we will be playing at Wilderspool next season."
Fans ForumWarrington Wolves have re - signed Dean Busby, 27 on a two-year contract keeping him with the club until 2003.Dean made his rugby league debut for Hull in 1990/91 before a spell with St Helens and then he returned to Humberside to play for Hull Sharks in their first season in Super League in 1998. Busby joined Warrington in 1999 and has made 65 (33-sub) appearances for the club.Dean has played for England and Wales, and has been capped by GB at U21 level. Dean played for Wales in the Lincoln World Cup 2000 alongside fellow team mate Lee Briers. Dean has continued to appear in the Welsh line up throughout the 2001 season.Dean Busby commented on his commitment to the club, "I have been impressed by Steve's [Anderson] vision for the future of the club, especially with the youth programme that he is putting in place. The club have offered me an improved deal to stay with them and I have enjoyed my time here and feel that the future is strong for the club."Performance Director, Steve Anderson expressed, "Busby is a senior player that I feel will develop younger players like Noone and Knott. His experience is well documented having played for England and Wales in the U21s and Wales at first grade level. He has been a consistent player while he has been at Warrington and I'm looking for that consistency to continue from his game."
Hulse and Noone SignWarrington Wolves have signed Gary Hulse and Paul Noone for next season as part of their Youth Programme. Gary Hulse has signed a two-year deal with the club keeping him at Wilderspool until 2003. Hulse made his full debut for the Wolves with a try against Castleford Tigers (12/08/01). Hulse, 20, a Widnes lad signed from Crosfields ARLFC in 1999 and has featured regularly in the Alliance team in the last two seasons.Gary Hulse commented, "I am absolutely made up. It is something that I have always wanted to do, play rugby league professional. I am extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to do a job that I love. It is a dream come true. Crosfields ARLFC supported me throughout my early years and if it wasn't for them I would never have reached the position I am in today."Paul Noone has signed a one-year with a one-year option to keep him at Wilderspool for the immediate future. Noone is a talented back rower, a former GB Academy captain who has featured regularly in the first and Alliance team this season."I'm over the moon and can't wait to get started next season. I reckon that we are going to be strong competitors next season. I am looking forward to playing alongside the new signings and working alongside Steve [Anderson]. I would like to see us do better next season, break into the top five. I am very happy with the deal."Performance Director Steve Anderson commented on the signing of the club's youth."They are both excellent young talents, this highlights the youth policy that I have been maintaining. Both have very bright futures within the first team processes for next year. Gary is a dynamic young halfback whose game will further develop over the next twelve months. Paul has already achieved representative honours at Academy level and I can see the same at first team level in the next two to three years."
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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."