Warrington Wolves’ new signing Paul Vaughan has hit the headlines in recent seasons for the wrong reasons, but he has gone a long way to redeem himself with an incredible act of kindness this morning.
The Canterbury Bulldogs forward, who will be linking up with Daryl Powell’s side in 2023, took time out of his training day at Belmore to help a young mother who had suffered a flat tyre to her car after taking her son to Belmore Sports Ground.
The club was holding a gala for its junior representatives with the woman appearing to be in distress, unable to drive her car out of the stadium carpark.
Vaughan, who infamously left the St George Illawarra Dragons after hosting a BBQ during Covid-19, rushed straightaway to the woman’s aid and helped fix the car before wishing her well.
Vaughan will bring a huge wealth of experience to Wire’s middle unit having featured for New South Wales in State of Origin as well as representing Australia. He scored a try in the last Kangaroo’s side to play an international when they faced Tonga in 2019 and has played almost 200 career appearances to date, scoring 29 tries, having represented Canberra Raiders and St George Illawarra Dragons as well as the Bulldogs in the NRL.
The 31-year-old brings valuable size to the Wire pack at 6ft 4ins and 17st 3lbs and is in red hot form this season, currently third in the NRL stats ladder for post-contact metres made.
He is Warrington’s third prop announcement confirmed for next season following Sam Kasiano and Gil Dudson, with Thomas Mikaele having made the mid-season switch from Wests Tigers.
Speaking on his move to the Cheshire club, Vaughan previously said: “I’m very excited to be making the move to Warrington next year.
“I’ve been extremely lucky with my career in the NRL and I’ve always wanted to come over and test myself in the UK.
“I played in a World Cup in England back in 2013 and I always said to myself if given the opportunity to play over there I’d like to take it up.
“I’m close to playing my 200th game over here and I feel I’ve still got a lot more to give with my footy. I’m coming over with really good intentions to put my best foot forward. I’m my own harshest critic and I like to get the best out of myself week in week out.
“I just want to play good footy and to be part of a successful team. I can’t wait to get started.”
Warrington Wolves Head Coach Daryl Powell added: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to recruit Paul for next season.
“His stats this year have been outstanding – he hasn’t missed a tackle in his last two games for example and made 177 metres last week.
“He’s a big ball carrier, defends and moves well and works hard. I’ve had a couple of Zoom chats with him and I really like how he comes across as a bloke as well.
“We’ve talked a lot about size and being a fearsome pack and we’ve worked hard to get that in place for next season.”