Warrington Wolves are in a bounce back year and for a team that is a perennial playoff contender their 11th placed finish in 2022 didn’t just shock the league, but also their new signings.
Josh McGuire was one of those new signings who at times was fearful that the Wire would get relegated before he’d even landed in the country, as reported here.
They managed to avoid the drop comfortably in the end but a bottom-half finish is poor by their recent standards, never mind 11th place, which makes defining success for the Wire in 2023 a difficult task.
A return to the playoffs is surely the aim but with such a packed and competitive Super League there’s effectively eight teams chasing the four playoff spots behind the presumed shoe-ins of Wigan Warriors and St Helens, meaning playoffs simply can’t be for everyone.
Given the recruitment drive that Warrington have been on with the acquisition of Paul Vaughan from the NRL as well as McGuire, a trio of Catalans Dragons and also the re-signing of Matty Russell it’s meant that the Wolves are priced as joint third favourites for the title, never mind just making playoffs.
Regardless of this their new signing Josh McGuire feels that success isn’t limited to silverware, something he revealed when speaking with Betfred on their Youtube channel.
“Obviously I’d be lying if I said that we didn’t want to win but I think the biggest success for us as a club would be getting our fans back on board and for ourselves walking off the field win or lose we know we’ve given 100%.
“We want to make it a tough night for the other team, making it hard and aggressive then we’ll go a long way to winning most football games.
“If we finish the year as one of the top, top, top defensive teams then we’re in with a chance and once you get to the finals then it’s anyone’s game.
“We want to win first and foremost but we want to get our fans back on board and our town supporting us.”
The first chance to make the first step at getting the fans back on board will be Ben Currie’s testimonial game against Leigh Leopards at the Halliwell Jones on 4th February, just 12 days before the Super League opener against Leeds Rhinos.