George Williams’ new halfback partner for Warrington Wolves against Leeds Rhinos

George Williams has had his fair share of halfback partners in 2022 for Warrington Wolves.

With injuries to the likes of Gareth Widdop and the tinkering of halves in the shape of Stefan Ratchford, Peter Mata’utia and Riley Dean, it’s safe to say that Warrington have been doing it tough in finding a stable halfback partnership.

That has been one of the major issues in 2022 under Daryl Powell as the former Castleford Tigers coach – who spent almost nine years at the Jungle – attempts to mould his squad by bringing in the players he wants as well as waving goodbye to a number of Wire stalwarts such as Mike Cooper and Josh Charnley.

And, there will be another one on show against Leeds Rhinos tomorrow night with youngster Riley Dean the most likely to take Ratchford’s place who will miss out due to concussion protocol.

This is how both Powell and Leeds boss Rohan Smith have named their 21-man squads.

21-man squads

Leeds Rhinos

4. Liam Sutcliffe
5. Ash Handley
6 Blake Austin
7 Aidan Sezer
8. Mikolaj Oledzki
10 Matt Prior
11. James Bentley
12 Rhyse Martin
13 Zane Tetevano
14. Brad Dwyer
16. Richie Myler
17. Cameron Smith
21. Morgan Gannon
22 Sam Walters
24. Jarrod O’Connor
26. Corey Johnson
27 Muizz Mustapha
29 Liam Tindall
32 Jack Sinfield
33. Zak Hardaker

Warrington Wolves

33 Kyle Amor
5 Matty Ashton
15 Joe Bullock
9 Daryl Clark
14 Jason Clark
11 Ben Currie
27 Riley Dean
36 Matt Dufty
20 James Harrison
Leon Hayes
Adam Holroyd
12 Oliver Holmes
3 Peter Mata’utia
21 Greg Minikin
19 Robbie Mulhern
22 Josh Thewlis
Luke Thomas
16 Danny Walker
34 Jake Wardle
Tom Whitehead
7 George Williams

Warrington secured their top flight status last week with a great win over Toulouse Olympique and though they are not mathematically safe, the French club are unlikely to win their last four games considering they have won only five all year.

The Wolves have recruited heavily mid-season as well for 2023 with the likes of Thomas Mikaele, Matty Nicholson and Matt Dufty joining in the past few months with Paul Vaughan, Sam Kasiano, Gil Dudson and Josh McGuire penning deals at the Halliwell Jones Stadium for next season and beyond.

It will be interesting to see how Warrington fare next season with a brand-new squad.

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