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Warrington Wolves coach Sam Burgess explains ‘respect’ for departing star

Warrington Wolves produced a massive victory at the weekend. Sam Burgess’ side travelled to the South of France needing a win to keep pace with their title rivals. They duly delivered a performance which underlined their Super League title credentials. 

However, the victory was somewhat overshadowed by the ongoing rumours that Matty Nicholson is set to leave the club. Nicholson has been heavily linked with a move to the NRL, and the Canberra Raiders appear to have won the race to secure his services.

Burgess was forced to address the rumours in his post-match press conference, stating that the Warrington squad was ready to step up to fill the gap left by Nicholson if he did leave the club.

Now, further reports in Australia have provided further details on the proposed move.

NRL club  “supremely confident” of securing deal for Warrington Wolves man

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According to Yahoo Sport Australia, Warrington look set to lose Nicholson in the close season. Nicholson is set to move to Canberra after they won a five-way tussle to secure his services.

“The Warrington coach looks set for defeat in attempting to talk young gun Matty Nicholson out of throwing it all in at the Wolves and chasing his NRL dream with Canberra.

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“The Raiders won’t say anything official until a deal is done, but they are supremely confident the talented back-rower will next year officially become the club’s seventh English recruit in a decade. That’s despite the 20-year-old having Burgess in his ear urging him to at least see out the final year of his contract at Warrington.”

Canberra have a long history of recruiting English players. George Williams, Josh Hodgson, John Bateman, Ryan Sutton and Elliot Whitehead all spent time playing together with the Raiders. They also recruited Morgan Smithies following the conclusion of the 2023 season.

Burgess explains respect for Nicholson

Warrington Wolves head coach Sam Burgess

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In the aftermath of Warrington’s famous win in the South of France at the weekend, Burgess addressed the rumours linking Nicholson with moving away from the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Speaking to the Warrington Guardian, Burgess explained that, whilst he believes Nicholson could still have a future with the Wolves, he respects his ambitions to play at the highest possible level.

“He’ll make the right decision at the right time but for now he’s enjoying his work. He’s got ambition and I respect that. If he is going to go that way, we’ll send him in the best shape possible and with the most experience possible, but he’s a wonderful player.

“He’s only 30 or 40 games into his career, so he’s relatively young in that respect. He’s learning and getting better every week as well. If he does go, the NRL would be getting a great player and for us, it would be next man up.”

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