Always have Warrington in my heart
Prop forward Garreth Carvell made his Warrington debut back in 2009 and has since gone on to make 135 appearances in Primrose and Blue, crossing for an impressive 18 tries.
Set for pastures new in 2014, WolvesTV caught up with him to ask your questions and find out what he'll take away from his time at the club.
Reaching the Super League Grand Final in your last year at a club will always feature in the memory bank; win or lose.
"We set out to get to the two finals and win them both but unfortunately that didn't happen. We got to the Grand Final which we did last year, but I think it was almost more disappointing this year with losing; we were more confident and were expected to win and to not achieve that at the end of the season was heart wrenching as you saw; a lot of crying, a lot of upset and a lot of emotion as it did mean a lot to the players. It would have been great to go out on a high but it was not to be this year."
Looking back to when he first made the move to the club Garreth said he wouldn't change a thing, except "I would probably have moved to Warrington earlier instead of travelling!
"It was great at the time, the end of 2008, end of my Hull contract and I was looking for a club on the up. I heard that Tony Smith was coming and wanted to work under him and I've managed to do that and it's been a huge success.
"Tony has had a massive influence not just on the field and in training, but also as a human being. He's got a big ethos into being a good person, being a kind person, doing things for others and he really instils that into all the boys."
There have been so many memorable moments and games during his time at the club but Garreth recalls a few of the best.
"The pantomime was up there with the Challenge Cup wins (laughs). That was a good giggle; I'd do anything for Ben, as you saw if you watched it. But seriously I'd say the first Challenge Cup win, with the club not having had success for such a long time it was really memorable and that spurred us on to go ahead and get some more.
"There's quite a few (games) really. But I'd say the St Helens one when I scored quite a long try. I don't get many of those so it was quite special really. I think it was a knock-on but because I was a prop they let me have it. It was pretty memorable and one I will dine out on in a few years."
But Garreth sat on the fence when asked whose was the better try; his or Moz's Magic Weekend touchdown.
"Definitely mine; I had to run a lot further. No, everyone loved Moz's. He scores less than me so it was massive for him, the boys loved it as you could tell from the celebration after. I think they are on a level par."
There are plenty of characters within the Wolves squad so who has Garreth enjoyed playing alongside the most?
"There's so many but I love playing with Micky Higham. He's fantastic. He gives me the ball quite a lot which I like and he works his socks off. He's definitely up there but there's been so many great players; Matt King, although he got quite a lot of stick early doors he proved he was an outstanding player and great to have him and Joel on the wing, they can pull the ball out of anywhere and score a try. Moz he's been outstanding for the club, Michael Monaghan for his skill, I couldn't really name one. There's also Grixy as well he's totally underrated and does a massive amount of work. There's players all over the field but if I had to pick one I'd go with Grixy as he is underrated.
"There's quite a few strong characters and some more coming. I've just met Anthony England and he seems like a great character and it's a shame I won't get to play on the same team as him. That's the good thing about Rugby League you have quite a few characters and there's no lack of them at Warrington with the likes of Briersy and Moz and Bennie Westwood; he is certainly a clown."
Each player to pull on a Warrington shirt and represent the first team receives a heritage number, cementing their place in the club's history which means a lot.
"The number means a lot. It's an individual number; to have represented Warrington and to have my number in the history of the club is something else. The squad numbers come and go, everyone gets those but this number's mine and I'll take it to the grave with me. It's an honour."
So how would Garreth Carvell like to be remembered at Warrington?
"As the guy that came and won everything (laughs). No, I'd just like to be known as a nice guy, hard working and someone who gave his all for Warrington."
Next season will see him line up for Bradford Bulls and he says it will be strange when he faces his former teammates for the first time.
"It'll be a difficult one. It's always strange playing against the guys you've played with for so long. I remember lining up against Hull and you do have it in the back of your mind that you know all of these players. I think you get up for it a bit more and almost prove a point but once that whistle goes and the ball is kicked it'll be business as usual and you do what you can do to win."
And on his new and former clubs.
"I think it's a rebuilding phase at Bradford. Francis Cummins has a similar brain to Tony in the way he wants his players performing and their attitude so I'm looking forward to this new challenge.
"I think Warrington'll be up there again. I think they'll be up there fighting for honours most definitely."
Garreth's final message to you, the fans.
"Thanks for everything. You're the best set of supporters that I have ever known. It's been an absolute honour to play in front of every one of you. It would have been nice to stay but that's not to be, things change and times move on. I'll always have Warrington in my heart; I'll still be living here and bringing my little lad to the games. I'm one of you guys now; a supporter of Warrington."
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14, Oct, 2013