“I’d have never got that at Wigan” – Matty Nicholson says he’s never regretted leaving Wigan Warriors

Matty Nicholson has boldly stated that he’s ‘never regretted’ leaving Wigan Warriors to sign for Warrington Wolves.

The 19-year-old back-rower left Wigan to sign a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Wolves in June due to a lack of game time at the DW Stadium.

Despite having almost all his career in front of him, Nicholson was keen for minutes but his decision didn’t go down well at his former club with Warriors head coach Matt Peet describing the transfer at the time as ‘surprising’ and ‘very disappointing’.

Speaking at a fan’s forum event with Warrington CEO Karl Fitzpatrick and new team-mate Josh McGuire, it was revealed that the Wolves had been keeping tabs on Nicholson since he was 14.

Fitzpatrick explained how their surprise at Wigan allowing him to go into the final year of his contract opened the door for them to make the move on a player that had admired for a number of years.

And they were successful in that move, with McGuire, who had already signed a deal with the Wire for 2023, playing a part by calling Nicholson and convincing him to join.

Now training alongside McGuire in pre-season at the Wolves, Nicholson explained: “I’d spoke to Karl Fitzpatrick and met Karl before but when Josh (McGuire) rang it sort of sunk in that this was what I wanted to do.

“Josh has only been here two weeks but personally he’s helped me loads.”

McGuire, who was sat next to Nicholson at the fan event, then interjected: “Matty is downplaying himself, he got trainer of the week in the first week of pre-season.”

Nicholson then spoke on the great opportunity that Warrington presented him as he addressed a question from a fan who jokingly asked if he wished he’d stayed at Wigan, given the Wolves’ poor season in 2022.

“No, obviously I came at a time when it was tough and on my debut we won and I thought things might be changing but they didn’t,” Nicholson answered.

He continued: “It was never about that though, it was about the playing opportunity which Warrington have given me and they’ve given me the number 12 shirt this year which is massive for me really.

“I’d have never got that at Wigan, I know that for a fact. I’ve never regretted it (the move).”

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