Wolves sign young Titan
Warrington Wolves have signed young fullback Matthew Russell from NRL side the Gold Coast Titans.
The Wigan youngster has been part of the Titans Holden Cup U20s side for the past year and will join the Wolves next season on a two-year deal until November 2015.
Matthew, 20, played in England Academy's win over Australia in 2010 alongside Rhys and Ben Evans, Gareth O'Brien, James Laithwaite and Danny Bridge. He made his Super League debut in 2012, making six appearances for Hull and two for Wigan, for whom he scored three tries.
He has grown as a player during his time at the NRL club gaining experience alongside players such as Origin stars Greg Bird and Nate Myles, and Vice Captain William Zillman. He recorded some impressive statistics within the National Youth Competition Down Under with the highest metres gained, tackle breaks and line breaks.
Named in Scotland's 24-man squad for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup, Matthew will join up with the squad tomorrow ahead of the warm-up match against Papua New Guinea at Featherstone on Saturday.
Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said: "I'm excited about Matty coming back to the UK after a stint at the Gold Coast in Australia and I think he'll come back a much better player than when he left - and he was already a very good player. I'm excited about him; he's young and very, very talented. He's eager to learn and improve and he fits the mould that we are looking for in Warrington. We don't bring many in and they've got to be of high quality. He's got a great attitude and I really look forward to working with him."
Matthew added on signing for the Wolves: "Tony was really positive about 2014 onwards when I spoke to him. I know a few of the lads already and they all say positive things about the club. It was a good culture in Australia and I've trained and played with arguably the best in the world, which has helped me as a person too. I've kept up-to-date with the Super League and look forward to getting back into it but not the cold weather! I'm really looking forward to my two years - and maybe more - at Warrington under Tony Smith."
16, Oct, 2013