Ratchford extends Wire stay

Stefan Ratchford banned

Stefan Ratchford has signed a new two-year deal with Warrington Wolves ending rumours of a potential move away from the club.

After sitting out the first few weeks of the season, the 28-year-old has been in fine form since returning to the field and has helped to aid the Wolves revival.

Since signing for the Wire in 2012, Ratchford has become a key part of the team and made his England debut against France last autumn.

He also recently starred in the 30-10 victory against Samoa, scoring a fine try during the Pacific Test.

Warrington coach Tony Smith said: “I’m delighted for Stef on his extension. He has been very consistent this year and has earned the right for a longer term deal.

“He was already on contract for next year, but is mature enough with the right sort of temperament for us to extend his contract further. He works hard and is a good leader within our group.

“This is a nice reward for a lot of hard work and for how professional he is on and off the field.”

Ratchford added: “I’m delighted to get this over the line. I was heading into the last year of my deal next year and didn’t know what was to happen so I’m delighted that the club has chosen to extend my contract.

“This is my sixth season here and I’m really enjoying myself. The results and performances have been disappointing this year for the standards we set ourselves but if you look at the squad we know what we are capable of.

“The next few years are exciting with the young lads coming through and the current squad we have.”