From perennial strugglers in the late ‘90s to silverware hunters in the late noughties, Warrington have been one of the genuine success stories of the summer game.
In that time, the club has won four Challenge Cups, lost two more and made four Grand Finals. A number of talented stars have been key players for the Wolves in that time, including five on this list.
The first name on this list just has to be maverick Lee Briers. Signing from St Helens in 1997, halfback Briers underlined his credentials as Warrington’s best Super League players over the course of 16 years. More than 2,500 points and 425 games later, the Welsh international retired in 2013 due to a neck injury having guided the Wolves to three Challenge Cup victories.
A Man of Steel at Huddersfield, Brett Hodgson moved to Warrington ahead of the 2011 season and hit the ground running immediately. 75 games later, the fullback scored 39 tries and kicked 314 goals, helping them to Challenge Cup glory in 2012 as well as the League Leaders’ Shield in 2011. Hodgson was awarded the Lance Todd trophy in the Challenge Cup Final and was also part of the Warrington side that made back-to-back Grand Finals, though they lost both.
Former Leigh prop, Chris Hill, moved to Warrington ahead of the 2012 season, winning the Challenge Cup in his first season. Having been made captain in 2016, Hill lifted the League Leaders’ Shield in that year as well as the Challenge Cup in 2019. With nearly 300 appearances under his belt, Hill has become an England and Great Britain international during his time at the club.
A centre at former club Wakefield, Ben Westwood signed for Warrington in 2002 and made the switch to the second-row in 2005. As tough as they come, yet also fleet-footed, Westwood became a club legend, helping Warrington to lift consecutive Challenge Cups in 2009 and 2010 and another cup success in 2012. He eventually retired at the end of 2019, with over 400 appearances to his name.
Moving from Manly ahead of the 2008 season, Michael Monaghan took to the Warrington club like a duck to water. The hooker was pivotal in the Wolves’ back-to-back cup successes in 2009 and 2010, winning the Lance Todd trophy in the former. Monaghan also performed superbly in Warrington’s 2012 Challenge Cup victory also, but was on the receiving end of two Grand Final defeats in 2012 and 2013. He retired at the end of 2014, with 17 tries in 167 appearances.