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Transfer news: Warrington star attracting interest from Super League clubs

Josh Drinkwater of Warrington Wolves

Warrington Wolves are enjoying a strong season under new head coach, Sam Burgess. The Wolves currently sit fourth in the Super League table, just two points behind leaders Catalans Dragons.

Wire have built their form on their exciting half-back pairing. England captain, George Williams, has been in excellent form. Youngster Leon Hayes has made a huge impression since breaking into the team too.

This has left experienced half-back, Josh Drinkwater, on the periphery at Warrington. Now, there are Super League clubs interested in snapping up Drinkwater on loan.

Loan interest in Warrington Wolves star Josh Drinkwater

According to a report in the Warrington Guardian, there has been at least one loan enquiry from a rival Super League club. But Warrington have refused any interest in allowing Drinkwater to leave, according to the report.

Sam Burgess has previously spoken about his admiration for Drinkwater. He values the experience the former Catalans man adds to the dressing room, and his strong leadership qualities.

However, Drinkwater has not featured since Warrington’s Round Three victory over Castleford Tigers because of injury. He is now available to play again and is currently providing cover for Williams and Hayes.

Drinkwater to decide on future

At 31, Drinkwater now has a decision to make on his future. At this stage in his career, he will be keen to play as much rugby as possible and may not be willing to wait in the wings.

Drinkwater has not said that he is unhappy with his current role. But with his contract expiring at the end of the season, he has a decision to make on his future. With Williams and Hayes now firmly established as first choice, Drinkwater may feel the need to move to secure his next deal.

With a wealth of experience, he started his career in the NRL with St. George Illawarra, before moving to Super League. Drinkwater enjoyed spells at London Broncos, Leigh Centurions, Hull KR and Catalans Dragons before moving to Warrington.

Drinkwater was part of the Warrington side which struggled under previous head coach, Daryl Powell, last season. He played 24 games in Super League, scoring two tries, and played in Warrington’s elimination play-off defeat against St. Helens.

He spoke about his own poor form, in the close season. He confessed that he did not believe that he had performed well enough in a difficult year. Drinkwater needs to decide if he can earn a spot in the first team again. If he cannot, a loan move may be the best solution for both parties.

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