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Super League and England star reveals NRL ambitions

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Warrington Wolves star Matty Ashton has revealed his ambition to move to NRL.

This comes just days after fellow Warrington Wolves outside-back, Matty Russell, moved to Leeds Rhinos on a short-term loan move.

Ashton has been with the Wolves since 2020, when he moved from Swinton Lions.

However, speaking on The Bench Podcast with Jenna Brooks and Jon Wilkin, the 25-year-old was asked whether he planned to move to NRL.

He said: “That’s definitely an ambition.

“It’s always at the back of everyone’s head, I should imagine.

“I think that’s the pinnacle of our sport down there, so if the opportunity ever did come up, I’d probably snap it up.”

Matty Ashton scores a try for Warrington Wolves

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Ashton has had a great career, progressing with Swinton, where he scored 30 tries in 24 league appearances in the RFL Championship.

Since then, he’s become one of the most exciting players in Super League, playing mostly on the wing and using his electric pace to tear defences open.

He’s earned a place in the England squad, but it now seems that he may also be playing to earn a move Down Under.

Playing in Swinton and Warrington is very different to playing in Australia, and he continued: “When I went over I lived by the golf course. That’d be a great place to go, live there.”

Ashton played in New South Wales for a year, for lower-league side Mullumbimby Giants.

Jenna Brooks asked whether he’d consider a move to Gold Coast Titans – one of Matty Russell’s former club, who he played for in 2013 before starting his first spell for Warrington.

He responded: “If the opportunity ever came up.

“I’m playing for Warrington, that’s the main thing.”

He certainly is playing for Warrington, and he’s been in fine form, scoring in a Challenge Cup semi-final demolition of Huddersfield Giants at the weekend and being key to the Wire’s rise up the Super League table.

Up next for Matty Ashton and Warrington Wolves is a trip to Catalonia, as they take on Catalans Dragons at the Stade Gilbert Brutus on Saturday at 5:30pm.

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