Agent breaks down what went wrong for Oliver Holmes at Warrington Wolves after forward was brought in to create “culture”

Leigh Leopards have brought in 12 signings as they look to cement themselves as genuine play-off contenders in 2023 and in order to avoid relegation like the last three times they were in Super League in 2005, 2017 and 2021.

Among those 12 signings were five Warrington Wolves players including Matt Davis, Oliver Holmes, Jack Hughes, Rob Mulhern and Jacob Gannon.

One of those was particularly surprising in the shape of Holmes who followed Daryl Powell to the Halliwell Jones Stadium going into 2022 but after just one season leaves the Wolves for Leigh.

High profile agent Craig Harrison has opened up on why he thinks it went wrong for Holmes at Warrington.

Speaking on his YouTube channel Show Me The Money Rugby League TV looking inside the deals at Leigh, Harrison said: “I think it’s a great signing for the club. I think Oliver will be disappointed with what happened with Warrington.

“He went there because of Daryl. Daryl brought him in as a leader to say ‘this is what I want from you players, if you want to know what our culture is, this is it.’

“It didn’t work. For whatever reason, it has not worked. He’s not come across as that leader. His performances were solid but the Warrington deal has not worked.”

He thinks this is a common occurrence for ex-Castleford players: “It will be interesting to see how he goes at Leigh but you’re looking at that and saying I hope it works. Sometimes with Cas players, when you take them out of that double they never feel the same especially lads who came through scholarship there.”

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