There was a time before the 2022 Super League season began that there was reason for Warrington Wolves fans to be optimistic.
Under new head coach and new signings such as former Cronulla Sharks man Billy Magoulias as well as former Castleford Tigers duo Oliver Holmes and Peter Mata’utia, great things were expected of the Cheshire club in 2022.
Of course, that has been far from the truth with Daryl Powell’s men falling way short of expectations, with many people seeing Warrington as potential Grand Final targets.
And, one of their main signings – Magoulias – left his contract early to return home to Australia. Now, the 25-year-old – who plies his trade at the Newtown Jets in the NSW Cup – has revealed why his stay at Warrington ended prematurely.
“Personally, I had to make a decision and move back home,” Magoulias told Serious About Rugby League.
“I’ve learnt a lot about myself this year and you don’t always get everything your own way in professional sport.
“Being away from home also highlights what you’ve been taking for granted, who’s important to you and what’s important to you.”
Having said that, the blockbusting forward has nothing but kind words to say about the Cheshire club following his departure.
“Warrington Wolves are a class organisation. Everyone from Simon Moran the owner, to the coach in Daryl Powell, to the CEO in Karl Fitzpatrick, to the performance staff in Ade Gardner and Chris Baron as well as Nick Murphy.
“They are all extremely professional and good at what they do.
“I really enjoyed my stay there, I’m really glad I had the opportunity to experience playing professional rugby league in the UK.”
Now, Magoulias’ goal is to get back playing in the NRL, but he knows he has to be patient.
“I’ll be doing whatever it takes to get back to that level again.
“I’m just enjoying working hard at the moment so that when my next opportunity comes at the top level, I’m knocking the door down to take it.”