Warrington Wolves, like the likes of Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos, Hull FC, Hull KR and others, made some major signings going into 2023 but early signs suggested that the Wolves had done the best business.
Josh Drinkwater looked like a major signing and their pack looked fully revamped with Paul Vaughan and Josh McGuire the key signings for the Wolves.
McGuire though would miss the start of the season after a huge ban for unacceptable language in a pre-season friendly against Leigh Leopards.
Then after his return, Warrington met Leigh again and he was again accused of “unacceptable language” after something was said to Josh Charnley.
Another case was heard and another mammoth ban was handed out and McGuire left the club mutually.
Now for the first time since his departure, McGuire has spoken out revealing he is considering a shock rugby league return in the Queensland Cup.
“If the right opportunity came along, I would certainly consider it,” McGuire said via The Courier Mail.
“I had signed on to play with Valleys because of my brothers and I also did it so my suspension could be taken away in case I did want to play next year, whether it’s Queensland Cup or Brisbane State League.
“I haven’t ruled out next year but what I do in rugby league has to work around my wife and three kids and my job with the PBR, who have been great.
“Right now I’m retired, but you never say never.”
He explained the appeal of a club like PNG Hunters.
“My brother played against the PNG Hunters recently and I couldn’t believe the size of some of these young blokes,” he said.
“Once you lay down your sword, it can be hard to go back. At the moment I watch the Q Cup and I think that’s painful. Life takes some twists and turns. I never thought I’d be back in Australia and here we are.
“Look, I’m still young enough to play in the Queensland Cup. I still train every day and I’m 96kg. I love to compete, I’m probably fitter now than I was in recent years being a bit lighter.
“If I decide to come back, I want to play for the right reasons. I don’t want to stand in the way of a young bloke coming through. If anything, I want to help the young guys make better decisions and learn from the mistakes I make.
“We’ll wait and see how things pull up. I am enjoying my job with the PBR, but being out of the game might light something in me to come back and play again.”