“I’ve had a bit of a frustrating time the last couple of years” – Warrington signing explains reasoning behind Super League move despite NRL interest

At the end of October, Warrington signed 24-year-old forward Billy Magoulias from Cronulla.

The Greek international signed for 12 months ahead of 2022 with an option for another season meaning he could still be at the Halliwell Jones in 2023. The move made him Warrington’s sixth signing for 2022 under new coach Daryl Powell as the club enters a new era under the former Castleford coach looking to end their wait for Super League glory.

Upon signing for the Wolves he said: “I’m stoked for the opportunity to join Warrington.

“The Club is highly regarded over here in Australia and I can’t wait to get over now and get to work.

“The squad is really well balanced and I know I’ll fit into that. I want to make an impact and have a real positive effect on this team on and off the field. I’m looking to progress my game as well as the Club – which hasn’t been where it wants to be in terms of the Grand Final. That’s where I want to be and winning trophies.”

But he has since spoken about the move in an interview with Wide World of Sports explaining the frustrations he’s faced over the last year with the Sharks not being afforded the game time he wanted before noting how he believes joining Warrington will kick start his career.

He recalled how he couldn’t ensure a place in Cronulla’s first choice 17: “I’ve had a bit of a frustrating time the last couple of years. I was 18th man a lot and got a few chances but couldn’t cement a regular place in the team.”

This of course led to him exploring options elsewhere with his agent receiving interest from two NRL sides: “Then my managers had a few nibbles from NRL clubs for next season – the Tigers showed some interest and Canberra all but agreed before backflipping.”

After those deals fell through, the chance to join Warrington arose and the forward jumped at the opportunity to join the club: “Then the opportunity came up with Warrington and I thought it might be just what I need.

“They are a strong club in Super League and I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen and heard about them.”

Magoulias will likely make his Super League debut in a blockbuster opening round fixture at Headingley against Leeds in front of the Channel 4 cameras.

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