Warrington Wolves head coach Daryl Powell has hit back at comments made by Wigan Warriors boss Matt Peet in the wake of the signing of Matty Nicholson.
Peet, however, does not understand the decision to join Powell’s side.
“I’m really disappointed – he’s a good player with massive potential and I’m left scratching my head at his decision,” Peet told Wigan Today.
“If there’s one thing we prove we do here it’s give young players a chance. He didn’t see it playing out that way, he thinks it’s a simpler path to play there at Warrington.
“When it came to talk about his contract, he did mention it (his first-team minutes), but I reminded him that he’s 18 and his goal at the start of pre-season was to make his debut, which he’s done.
“Ourselves, St Helens and Leeds stand apart in giving young players a chance and there was that chance with Matthew.”
Peet also took a dig at Warrington’s conveyor belt of youth, identifying the Wolves’ capture of developed Wigan players.
“It’s another tick at the side of our Academy for producing players.
“It would be demoralising to work in Warrington’s Academy – I keep reading about the strength of it and they’re continuously paying for our players: Ellis Longstaff, Sam Storey, Dean Beddall and now Matthew.”
Now, though, Powell has responded, telling Wire TV: “If you look at Matty Peet’s comments, you can probably see why we were keen to get hold of him.
“He’s (Peet) not happy about the situation but he’s in the last year of his contract and it’s a competitive market – I don’t know what the problem is.
“He’s available and we see him as a high quality young player who is going to be outstanding for us in the years to come.”
Powell also wanted to concentrate on his own club
“I don’t know if it’s a great comment from him, but we will leave it at that.
“I think we’ll look after ourselves and keep driving what we’re doing at the club because it’s a special club going big places.”