Laughton and Fozzard Sign UpWarrington Wolves have signed both Dale Laughton and Nick Fozzard on two year deals. This has strengthened the pack considerably and further highlights Anderson's intention of building his game around a strong pack.Laughton is a Great Britain International prop and has captained the Huddersfield Giants. At 30 years of age Dale is at the peak of his career and is looking forward to building on to what most consider to be an already impressive career. Standing over 6 feet and weighing in at 103kg he will take some stopping. "The Wild Thing" has established himself as a fearsome opponent in the Super League and on the international circuit. During his time as a stalwart at Sheffield he was a Challenge Cup winner in the 1998 final over Wigan, capping a decades commitment to the club. Laughton played for the British Lions in the Tri-Series against New Zealand and Australia. His uncomplicated style and his willingness to take on much of the unglamorous work through the middle of the ruck impressed Anderson.Performance Director Steve Anderson commented, "Dale will be of great assistance in the development of up and coming players. Players such as Wood and Noone will be 'privy' to some invaluable experience that Dale has acquired playing over decade of elite Rugby League both at club and international levels. On top of that Dale's personality and his leadership qualities will further add to the club's designs for the future."24 year-old Nick Fozzard is an internationally renowned forward having played for the GB Academy on their tour to New Zealand in 1996. "Fozz"s former clubs include Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants, playing alongside Dale Laughton for several seasons.Steve Anderson said about Fozzard, "Nick was an instant 'hit' with me. He hasn't had a happy time over the last 12 months with an arm injury and to be honest it was David Plange's recommendation that I looked further into Nick's playing capabilities. His style is uncompromising and he will add aggression to the pack. He is big, strong and mobile fully fit will achieve his full potential at Grade level and further I'm sure. On top of this he is confident of his ability and displays the determination to regain a position at Super League level. Although a risk, I have complete medical backing on his injury and he even suggested a clause which 'null and voids' his contract if there is a reoccurrence of the injury that has hampered his career."Anderson finished off by saying, "Both players I am sure will help the long terms plans of the club."
13, Sep, 2001