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10 players set to leave Warrington Wolves

Warrington Wolves captain Stefan Ratchford faces a race to be passed fit for round one.

Warrington Wolves currently sit third in the Super League table as they prepare themselves for the regular season run-in.

The Wolves are level on points with St Helens, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils, but they’ll be hoping to kick on and chase down Wigan Warriors, who hold a four-point lead at the summit, over the remaining 11 games.

Indeed, Sam Burgess would dearly love to end his first year as a head coach at Old Trafford and only once the season is over will eyes turn to 2025.

However, Warrington Wolves have a host of players entering the final few months of their deals. Here’s a look at those who could leave the Halliwell Jones Stadium at the end of the season.

Gil Dudson

Gil Dudson, at Catalans Dragons, celebrates victory over Huddersfield Giants.

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Dudson is currently out on loan at Salford Red Devils, having joined Paul Rowley’s side for the remainder of the season back in March. That loan plunges his future at Warrington into doubt with the Wales international effectively being deemed surplus to requirements this season. As such, the 34-year-old is one who can be expected to leave the Wolves, who he joined in 2023, come the end of the campaign.

Wesley Bruines

Bruines was one of Burgess’ first signings in the Warrington post, but the 21-year-old hasn’t managed to make his debut for the Wire at the time of writing with a long-term hamstring issue hampering his progress. He’s highly thought of, though, and the club do have the option to extend his stay at the club for another season.

Max Wood

After impressing on trial, Warrington handed Wood a one-year deal to join the Wolves earlier this year and he hasn’t looked back. He’s made nine appearances so far this season and his performances have seen him praised by Burgess.

Stefan Ratchford

Stefan Ratchford

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The 36-year-old is still performing to a high level and he got himself on the scoresheet last weekend in the comfortable win over Huddersfield Giants. There have been reports of a new deal being signed but they are yet to be confirmed.

Rodrick Tai

According to Rugby League Live, Tai will be staying at the Halliwell Jones Stadium for next season, but that is yet to be officially confirmed. The Papua New Guinea international has made eight Super League appearances for the Wolves with three tries coming in his last three games.

Jake Thewlis

Thewlis made his Warrington debut earlier this year as he started on the wing against Wigan Warriors last month. He has featured for North Wales Crusaders this season, too, with the run out against the Cherry and Whites being his only Super League outing to date. The club have the option to extend his deal by a further year.

Josh Drinkwater

Warrington Wolves Super League Josh Drinkwater

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Drinkwater has been with Warrington since the start of the 2023 campaign and according to reports he could be set to move on come the end of the season. If those reports are accurate, it seems Warrington could be looking for a new halfback partner for George Williams ahead of next season.

Tom Whitehead

The 21-year-old has made three outings in the Super League for the Wire this season but it remains to be seen if he will be able to earn a new deal. The forward needs regular game time over the next couple of seasons and he must decide whether that will come at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Matty Russell

Matty Russell scores an acrobatic try for Warrington against Castleford Tigers.

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Russell seems to be surplus to requirements at Warrington and this season he has been allowed to spend periods at both Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos. As such, it seems highly unlikely that Warrington will be looking to extend his deal.

Josh Lynch

Lynch made a splash on his debut in 2022 by scoring a try on his debut for Warrington, but he hasn’t featured for the club since. He spent last season on loan at North Wales Crusaders and while the club have the option to extend his deal, it remains to be seen if he will stick around.

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