Warrington Wolves have had a very busy off-season recruiting just six players, but all of them coming with big pedigree.
The Wire are looking to reverse their fortunes from 2022 when they put in a drab showing and placed 11th in the table, finding themselves in a relegation battle with Toulouse.
In the end they survived by a wide margin but it didn’t alter the fact that it was a very poor season by the standards that Warrington hold themselves to and the levels that fans have become accustomed to.
As such head coach Daryl Powell has made plenty of moves in the off-season with the acquisition of a trio of Catalans Dragons stars in the shape of Gil Dudson, Josh Drinkwater and Sam Kasiano.
The re-signing of Matty Russell was a welcome one whilst their other imports were from the NRL in the shape of veterans Paul Vaughan and Josh McGuire.
McGuire is a self confessed ‘footy-head’ and has spoken about the knowledge he had of Super League prior to coming, and why it shaped his decision to make the switch aged 32.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity from Warrington but I’m excited about coming over here and playing football, experiencing the competition and way of life in England especially with the fans.
“We definitely have the calibre of football player to have a successful year, there’s lots of hard work to be done but I’m excited about what can happen. There’s a lot of hard work ahead of us and it’ll be a great challenge for us as a team and club to put our best foot forward for the season.”
Speaking with Betfred on their Youtube channel, McGuire then delved into his ‘footy-head’ status.
“I knew a fair bit, I love football so I’ve watched everything whether it’s NRL or Super League. I had a fair understanding of what I was walking into with the calibre of player and the opportunity of playing against England’s best.
“It’s a different style of football so I’m excited to see how I go.”