Warrington Wolves have confirmed that club stalwart Joe Philbin has penned a new contract that will keep him at the club until at least November 2026.
The two-year extension sees Philbin’s deal that was set to expire at the end of the 2024 season ensure he remains playing in Primrose and Blue until the end of the 2026 campaign.
The news of Philbin’s extension comes in the week that he is set to celebrate his testimonial year with his testimonial match on Saturday evening.
That game will see Warrington take on Leigh Leopards at the Halliwell Jones Stadium this Saturday with the prop forward celebrating another season representing the Wire.
On the new contract, Philbin told the club’s website: “I’m over the moon to have signed a new deal and it was an easy decision to make.
“I feel at home here and I love playing for this club.”
On his new head coach, Philbin explained the role he played in getting the deal done, stating: “Sam [Burgess] has come in and is another reason it was an easy decision for me to re-sign. I already feel like he’s brought my game on leaps and bounds. I’ve been soaking up all of his knowledge and I feel like he’ll be really good for my game over these next few years.
“I’m really excited for this weekend now and it’s going to be very special for me to celebrate my Testimonial.
“A lot of hard work has gone on during our pre-season. It’s been really tough and we’re ready now for the challenge against a quality side in Leigh to show where we’re at.”
Burgess himself added: “It’s wonderful to secure Philbs [Joe Philbin] for another two years, especially leading into his Testimonial season.
“He has had a wonderful pre-season and I can’t wait to see what the next phase of his career brings with the Wire.”
Warrington Wolves name strong squad for Joe Philbin testimonial
With the testimonial clash on Saturday night marking a clash against Super League opposition, head coach Sam Burgess has named a very strong side.
Last week he blooded in youngsters when playing Widnes Vikings in a derby that saw 86 points scored, but this week he’s opted for experience.
A statement on the club site detailed the team news: “New signings Zane Musgrove and Lachlan Fitzgibbon will make their first appearances for the club along with Sam Powell from the bench. Toby King is also back for the first time since June 2022.
“Paul Vaughan serves the final game of his four-match suspension with Stefan Ratchford, Rodrick Tai, Joe Bullock, Wes Bruines and Matty Nicholson all ruled out through injury.”
Warrington Wolves squad to face Leigh Leopards
Starting line-up: Matt Dufty, Josh Thewlis, Connor Wrench, Toby King, Matty Ashton, George Williams, Josh Drinkwater, Zane Musgrove, Danny Walker, Joe Philbin, Ben Currie, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Jordy Crowther.
Interchanges: James Harrison, Leon Hayes, Gil Dudson, Brad Dwyer, Matty Russell, Luke Thomas, Adam Holroyd, Jake Thewlis, Sam Powell, Arron Lindop, Max Wood, Nolan Tupaea.
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