Despite making six signings for 2023, Warrington Wolves Chief Executive Karl Fitzpatrick has confirmed the club still have space on their salary cap.
At a recent fan’s forum event, the CEO confirmed the club ‘still have a bit left over, despite the new recruits’ and they will keep an eye on the market in the coming weeks.
A lot of the noise around a potential new recruit was focused on a possible centre, with the club short in that area following the departures of a number of key players.
That isn’t the only position the Wire may look to strengthen though and with a number of high-quality players still on the market, their next move will certainly be an interesting one.
With all that in mind, we have taken a look at five potential players the Wolves could use their remaining space on in the coming weeks.
Fitzpatrick’s hint that the club are potentially looking for a new centre leads us straight to Samisoni Langi. The 29-year-old is currently without a club having left Catalans at the end of last season. It’s also reported that the French international is keen on a move to England, and the Halliwell Jones Stadium could be the perfect destination where he would link up with old team-mates Josh Drinkwater, Sam Kasiano and Gil Dudson. Langi, who previously played for Sydney Roosters and Leigh Leopards before settling at Catalans, has made 107 appearances at the French club since 2018. Langi would bring skill, power and experience to Daryl Powell’s side, so a move to the Wire seems like a no-brainer. We think so anyway!
Another player who seems like a good fit at the Wolves is Cook Islands international Steven Marsters. His brother, Esan, has already secured a move to Huddersfield so don’t be surprised to see Steven in Super League by the start of 2022 also. Another unattached centre, Marsters has already made it clear he would be keen on a move to England after stating “hopefully I can earn a deal here in the UK” prior to the World Cup. At just 23, the former South Sydney speedster has plenty to offer and could slot in nicely at the back for Warrington, or at worst be excellent cover in a position Powell’s men are clearly lacking numbers.
A player we are all used to seeing now is Tony Gigot. The former Lance Todd Trophy winner is one of the most creative and off-the-cuff players in Super League. With over 250 appearances to his name, he will provide depth across the halves – a position where Wire only have two first team players – as well as fullback and most importantly, centre. The 31-year-old was one of the standouts in France’s World Cup but is currently without a club in 2023. Under the direction of an experienced coach like Powell, Gigot could excel in Primrose and Blue and his utility value would certainly be a useful asset, which could lead him to be the final piece in the puzzle at the Wire for 2023, though his want for regular first-team action could be a stumbling block.
Corentin Le Cam
The hierarchy at the Halliwell Jones do seem confident in Stefan Ratchford at centre, so there is a strong chance they may look to bolster other positions. Corentin Le Cam is currently on the market, and we know the Wolves like signing Catalans forwards. This young, French second-rower has plenty to offer and has impressed in Super League so far. Standing at 6’8, Le Cam’s size and agility would make him a good asset for Daryl Powell in 2023. The 23-year-old was released by the Dragons at the end of the season after making 11 appearances, with the French side opting for a clear-out. Second Row is a position Warrington lack depth, especially after loaning Ellis Longstaff out to Salford, and the signing of Le Cam could turn out to be a masterstroke, both in the short and long term.
Perhaps Fitzpatrick and Warrington should look closer to home when spending the money they have remaining. Recruitment is important, but retention is the key to building title-winning sides. Williams has attracted plenty of NRL interest in the last few months after an excellent World Cup playing alongside Jack Welsby in the halves. He could need convincing to stay should an offer be made from down under, that despite a pretty poor season by his high standards in 2022, though he did recover to finish the season superbly, unfortunately for Wire fans though this was in an England jersey. As we know, money talks and the Warrington CEO could spend his remaining budget on retaining their most valuable player. Williams was impressive during his first season at the Canberra Raiders in 2020, proving he had the talent to hold his own in the NRL, but he returned to Super League with Warrington midway through the following season where he has remained since.