Jon Wells used to be director of rugby at the Castleford Tigers under previous head coach Daryl Powell.
Having appointed into that role in March 2018, Wells stayed at the Jungle for over three seasons in that position before departing in April 2021.
During that time, Wells brought in a number of signings for the Tigers including the likes of Sosaia Feki, Danny Richardson and Cheyse Blair, but there was one that did slip the net.
And, live on Sky Sports last night as Warrington Wolves took on Hull FC at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Wells revealed that one of those that Powell wanted was Featherstone Rovers forward James Harrison.
Of course, Harrison eventually did follow Powell to a club, but to Cheshire instead with Wells stating: “I was instructed to go out and sign him for Castleford.”
Harrison suffered the serious knee issue while playing for Featherstone last year but returned to action for the Wire reserves earlier this month, with Powell suitably impressed with his performances.
And, he debuted last night.
Upon signing, Harrson said at the time: “I’ve always wanted to be a Super League player so to get the chance at a Club like Warrington is a dream come true.
“I definitely feel I’m ready and the time is right to make this next step up in my career. I consider myself a real hard-working player and I back myself to play big minutes.
“I can’t wait to meet the fans. It’s a massive stadium at the Halliwell Jones and I’m looking forward to playing there next season. I’m really excited for what’s to come.”
Warrington Wolves CEO Karl Fitzpatrick said: “In recruiting James I know that we’ve added one of the Championship’s most consistent and standout forwards to our pack for next season onwards.
“He’s overcome adversity to get to where he is in his career and deserves his opportunity now to showcase what he can do in Super League.
“He has all the right attributes to bolster our forwards options and will add value to our squad for 2022.”