Pepe the WolfThe Wolves have signed Newcastle Knights NRL Grand Final winning backrower Paul Marquet, 31 on a one-year deal. Marquet nicknamed Pepe because of his French roots has had spells with Hunter Mariners, Melbourne Storm and has just completed his second spell with the Newcastle Knights. Marquet made his first grade debut in 1990 and has now made impressive 232 first grade appearances. A former Raymond Terrace junior, was one of the crop of unknown up-and-comers in the President's Cup side when the club was formed in 1988. 1995 was a year when Marquet received recognition for his abilities being awarded Newcastle's Players player and Player of the Year. In 1996 he made a move to Hunter Mariners, missing out on Newcastle's Grand final win in 1997. However he scored Mariners first try in the Super League competition against Canterbury.Marquet then went on to sign for Melbourne Storm in 1998, he was part of their Championship side in 1999. The turning point for Marquet was the three-year stint in Melbourne under the Australian coach Chris Anderson, who added another dimension to his game, other than the non-stop tackling he had become renowned for. Paul was part of Melbourne Storm's winning NRL grand final team. While at Melbourne Storm Marquet was awarded the accolade of 'Clubman of the Year' twice. Marquet's former coach Australian and now Cronulla Sharks Coach Chris Anderson rates Marquet as an extremely professional player, "Paul has an excellent personality and is the ultimate professional in all aspects of his game. He will offer a tireless approach not only in his game but also in his approach around the town. He is an excellent ambassador for the game and will be an invaluable asset to the club particularly having spoken to Ando about the talent youth in the club - he will be an excellent for the young blokes."Performance Director, Steve Anderson commented on new signing Marquet, "My association with Paul began at Melbourne Storm, I believe Paul as a person and a player will bring credibility to Warrington with his professional ethic which has been developed over many years of playing in an elite competition in Australia. He will be of great benefit to our young and up in coming players Noone, Hill and Clarke."Marquet's approach to the game and his body has left a lasting impression on former team mate Adam McDougall, "In my early days with the Knights I saw Pepe coming to training with an Esky each day and I thought: "What's going on here?" It was full of specially prepared meals, sport drinks, protein shakes, vitamins and minerals. I watched him and saw how he would eat his meals and take his vitamins and minerals at certain times of the day. He is the ultimate at treating his body with respect, to get the best out of himself on the football field."Paul Marquet is looking forward to the opportunity to play in Super League, "I've decided to return to rugby because Steve offered me the opportunity and I played under him at Melbourne Storm and he's a good coach, I have a lot of respect for him. It is a fresh start for me away from the NRL and I fancied trying Super League and I am hoping that it will be a success.I am hoping to bring experience and as a defender I am hoping to tie up the defence for Warrington. One thing that attracted me to Warrington was the youth policy that Steve is putting in place. When re-building a club, the way forward is looking to the youth to train and build over two to three years before they mature into established players. I am looking forward to being part of the set up and lending my experience to the nurturing of the youth."
10, Jan, 2002