Warrington Wolves’ signing Paul Vaughan reveals what James Graham taught him about Super League

With the extended off-season it seems like there’s been more moves than ever but that they’ve also happened earlier than ever and Warrington Wolves were one side who got their business done incredibly early.

Much of the Wire’s recruitment was done well before the World Cup even started and their signings have included the Catalans trio of Gil Dudson, Josh Drinkwater and Sam Kasiano as well as a delve into the NRL market.

Those NRL signings included 2017 World Cup winner Josh McGuire and another veteran forward Paul Vaughan, who joined from Canterbury Bulldogs.

The 31-year-old prop has made over 200 appearances down under but explained to BBC Radio Merseyside what triggered him to make the switch.

“The opportunity came up and I just thought at that period of my kid’s life and my wife’s life that it would be a good experience to come over and play.

“I was very lucky to have the career I did in Australia but I wanted a new experience and to take it with both hands.”

Vaughan is a former Australian international representing the Kangaroos twice but having also represented Italy earlier in his career.

Formerly at Canterbury, the club where England’s most capped player James Graham also played and has been involved at since retirement, Vaughan revealed what he knew about Super League, admitting it wasn’t as much as his new teammate Josh McGuire.

“Josh is a bit of a footy nerd,” Vaughan stated before admitting he’d taken less interest in Super League.

“I had mates who were playing and I’ve always watched a few games and taken an interest over here. When I first signed I knew that Warrington have always been a pretty strong club and that was one of the reasons I signed, wanting to get back to that position of being a successful club.

“Yeah I know the Saints, I had a good mate James Graham and he was always telling me about how good they were and credit to them they’ve been very successful. They’ve got a great squad and you want to test yourself against those quality oppositions.”