Warrington averaged well below par in 2020; with the signing of Gareth Widdop, big things were expected of the Wolves, but a semi-final exit at the Challenge Cup and a first-round loss in the elimination play-offs ended any hopes of a silverware-winning season.
The Wolves have moved to sign NRL veteran Greg Inglis as well as ex-London Bronco Rob Butler and former Hull KR forward Robbie Mulhern.
But just how will Warrington line up in round one?
Fullback – Stefan Ratchford
The ever-reliable Ratchford will step out as Warrington’s number one yet again in 2021 having been at the club almost a decade.
Wingers – Tom Lineham and Josh Charnley
Two of the Wolves’ most consistent outside backs, Lineham and Charnley will line up on opposite sides of the field once more in 2021.
Centres – Greg Inglis and Toby King
Warrington’s marquee signing will slot straight into the centre position with big things expected of Inglis. Toby King will, of course, retain his spot after a very impressive 2020 campaign.
Halves – Gareth Widdop and Blake Austin
Neither Widdop nor Austin covered themselves in glory in 2020, and, with the former attempting to seal a return back to the NRL but failing, he will have his work cut out to endear himself to the Warrington faithful. They both have the quality to change a game, but can they work together as a duo?
Props – Chris Hill and Mike Cooper
The cornerstones of the Warrington pack in recent years, Chris Hill and Mike Cooper will once more lead the Wolves up front in 2021. Though Cooper excelled in 2020, Hill will have to go some way to trump his fellow front-rower.
Hooker – Daryl Clark
Probably the first name on the teamsheet for Steve Price, Clark has made Warrington tick in the past and 2020 was no different. Could he be the man to finally propel the Wolves to Grand Final success?
Second-rowers – Ben Currie and Jack Hughes
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Warrington’s two second-rowers will be Currie and Hughes in 2021. Two brilliant performers that drive the standards of those around them, the duo’s power and skill out wide gives the Wolves an extra edge.
Loose-forward – Jason Clark
With Ben Murdoch-Masila moving back Down Under, the number 13 shirt is likely to fall into the hands of Aussie Jason Clark. A toughened competitor, Clark will add extra spice up front.
Subs: Joe Philbin, Danny Walker, Matt Davis, Rob Butler