Gareth Widdop has had a difficult time of it since moving to the UK ahead of the 2020 Super League season.
He endured a tough 2020 before impressing greatly in 2021 – enough to be included in the nominations for the Man of Steel, though he eventually lost out to Sam Tomkins.
It can be considered even more of a stellar season considering he did it without his family being there to support him.
Widdop himself has been handed the number 6 shirt by incoming head coach Daryl Powell, who joins Warrington after eight-and-a-half years at Super League rivals Castleford Tigers, and looks certain to play a key part in the Wolves’ attempt to win silverware under new leadership.
The English playmaker returned to Australia to be with his family after spending most of the 2021 Super League season without them – a move which initially led to calls from St George Illawarra Dragons fans for Widdop to return to the Red Vee.
However, renowned Australian journalist The Mole has revealed that the 32-year-old will be a Warrington player next year after being subject to a number of rumours as he kicked back in Australia.
Widdop won’t be returning to Warrington until after Christmas, though, as he spends it with his family Down Under.