The story going into last night’s season opener between Warrington Wolves and the Leeds Rhinos centred around one of Warrington’s big signings in the shape of Josh McGuire.
This came as he was banned for seven games and fined £1000 after he was found guilty of using unacceptable language in which he discriminated against the disabled.
McGuire is adamant he did not say what he was accused of.
However, this didn’t cloud a superb Warrington performance which was spearheaded by Man of the Match and fellow new recruit down the middle Paul Vaughan.
He was outstanding on debut but for Jon Wilkin another member of the Wolves pack pushed him all the way in the shape of former Rhino James Harrison.
Wilkin even likened him to one of Super League’s best players in Alex Walmsley on Sky Sports last night:
“He pushed Paul Vaughan all the way, for me he was man of the match.
“There are things about players you really admire. He carried with intent and footwork a bit like Alex Walmsley that rangy running style which makes him so hard to deal with.”
Harrison is taking the same path as Walmsley. Walmsley started his career at Batley Bulldogs before moving to Super League.
Harrison was at Featherstone, had a brief loan with the Rhinos during the pandemic before getting his big move to Warrington.
This led to Sam Tomkins to say he wasn’t a “typical Warrington signing.”
He said: “He certainly not a typical Warrington Wolves signing, this guy has done it the tough way through the Championship and now he has the number eight shirt which shows how much Daryl Powell thinks of him.”