Kevin Brown claims ‘something has gone on’ behind the scenes at Warrington Wolves following Daryl Powell’s move

Warrington Wolves have endured a difficult 2022 Super League season so far.

Just two wins from their last 12 games has seen the Cheshire club just four points above bottom placed Toulouse Olympique with head coach Daryl Powell determined to shake things up.

Shake things up he has done with Powell waving goodbye to a number of his players including well entrenched Warrington stars such as Josh Charnley, Gareth Widdop and Mike Cooper.

And, it is the move of the latter to Wigan Warriors immediately that caused a number of questions among pundits and fans as to why he was allowed to leave midway through the season.

Cooper had already agreed on a move for 2023, but was released to make it a big mid-season signing for Matt Peet and Sky Sports pundit Kevin Brown doesn’t understand that decision – unless something has gone on behind the scenes.

“When that’s your weakest area of your team and he’s an international, then something has gone on between player and coach,” Brown said live on Sky Sports.

With a move expected ahead of the 2023 Super League season, it had previously been revealed that Warrington boss Powell wanted rid of Cooper early with the Wolves contacting Wigan about a potential early move.

There had been inklings earlier in the season that the pair did not see eye to eye and Cooper was left out of Powell’s side for the loss to the Castleford Tigers at the weekend despite the injury to Kyle Amor.

“Warrington contacted us and asked was it a possibility,” Peet told Wigan Today. “I received a phone call and I was really hopeful that we could do it.

“All I did then was pass it onto Kris (Radlinski, executive director) because that’s not really my job.

“I was contacted so I was the messenger Kris picked it up with Warrington. Thanks to Kris and Ian (Lenagan, owner) they were able to get it done quickly – my part in that was non-existent really.

“Us as coaches work together with Ian and Kris when we identify a player we want. We all agreed that the timing was great.

“It is something we’ve had success with in the past, more recently with Brad Singleton but we’ve had success before that.”

The 33-year-old England international brings a wealth of experience to the Wigan team, playing 238 games for Warrington Wolves and making 69 appearances for St George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL.

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