The new Super League season is only just over a week away and the predictions are already coming in from left, right and centre.
However, one side who could be seen as an enigma going into the new season is the Warrington Wolves.
They were expected to achieve big in 2022 under new coach Daryl Powell but as transition from the Steve Price era to the Powell period set in, the Wolves struggled and finished 11th in the league to the surprise of many.
Now though Powell’s squad is starting to take shape.
He has signed some exciting forwards, namely former Australian internationals Paul Vaughan and Josh McGuire from the NRL, and many believe they could return to the top four whilst others are less sure.
However they did impress in a 22-10 win over the Leigh Leopards on Saturday in Ben Currie’s testimonial.
Now Sky Sports’ Jon Wilkin, a former Super League Champion with St Helens, has had his say on Warrington describing them as the season’s big story as he claimed they flopped in 2022 even comparing them to one of Manchester United’s big signings of the last decade who didn’t set the world on fire.
“Warrington are the big one. They flopped massively last year, they were like Paul Pogba at Manchester United.
“They built up Daryl Powell going in but it just didn’t happen and there’s loads of reasons why.
“But what he has done is he’s built up a very exciting squad for this coming year. He has some big boppers in there.”
So it seems Wilkin has a bit more confidence in them after the signings they have made especially in the middle.
However, there are concerns about Gil Dudson and Sam Kasiano after they picked up injuries against Leigh.