Identifying the top signings of each club over a period of 25 years is difficult to say the least.
What criteria do we base it on? Rather than individual points scored, we base our choice on the impact each signing had on their respective clubs.
Here are Warrington Wolves’’ top five Super League signings.
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. Often considered one of the most intelligent halfbacks in the game, Briers wasn’t too skilful or fast, but he knew every inch of the Rugby League field.
One of the toughest players to ever grace the Super League field, Adrian Morley returned to the UK with Warrington in 2007 after a successful spell in the NRL. Over the period of seven seasons, the towering enforcer led the Wolves to three Challenge Cup victories after being appointed captain in 2007. Leaving to join Salford at the end of 2013, Morley had firmly etched himself into Warrington folklore.
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.
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.
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.