Warrington Wolves have made some major signings as they look to bounce back from a difficult 2022 season as they finished 11th in the Betfred Super League.
They have brought in the likes of Josh Drinkwater and others from the Catalans Dragons as well as two former Australian internationals including Paul Vaughan and of course 2017 Rugby League World Cup winner Josh McGuire.
A major signing who should bring plenty of experience to the side, but he very nearly played a different sport.
“It all kind of started as seasonal,” McGuire told Sky Sports about how he got into ice hockey. “I played baseball as well, so that was the outdoor sport and hockey was the indoor sport.
“I left hockey and then started playing rugby league at school and transitioned that way.”
Also speaking to Sky, he revealed that he believed his time in hockey helped him prepare for rugby league: “I think the physicality and the leg speed kind of thing helped, but it was a pretty fast and aggressive sport, so much of a muchness.
“When you’re a little kid you just want to get amongst it with the lads, so it is what it is.”
McGuire’s physicality, alongside that of Vaughan and fellow new recruits Gil Dudson and Sam Kasiano, could be what Daryl Powell needs to ensure glory in 2023.