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Warrington Wolves swoop to sign captain of Super League rivals

Luke Yates

Warrington Wolves have been making huge splashes in 2024 under Sam Burgess and it could continue in 2025 as the club has announced that they have signed Huddersfield Giants captain Luke Yates.

It’s a major piece of business for Warrington to get done with Yates being one of the most consistent forwards in Super League, the Australian even winning the Top Tackler award in 2023 for the most tackles across the Super League season.

Yates has continued that form in 2024 with 366 tackles in his nine games, an average of just over 40. That puts him in the top ten for total tackles despite the fact he missed the first three games of the season, a testament to what a workhorse he is.

Warrington Wolves had been linked with the Australian but they have now confirmed his signing for next year with the club reporting the news via a press release.

It read: “Warrington Wolves is delighted to announce the signing of Luke Yates on a two-year deal from the 2025 season.

“The Australian forward joins from Huddersfield Giants who he has captained for the last three seasons and led the side out in the Challenge Cup Final in 2022.

“The 29-year-old came through the ranks for Newcastle Knights in the NRL, where he played alongside Wolves second-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon. He has also had Super League spells with Salford Red Devils and London Broncos.”

Wire sign up ‘tackling machine’ Luke Yates

Huddersfield Giants captain Luke Yates has been hit with a three-game ban, one that assistant coach Luke Robinson has labelled an "injustice". - Super League Warrington Wolves target

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The signature of Luke Yates is a massive one for Warrington to achieve and it’s also one that will offer them protection should Matty Nicholson head to the NRL, as has also been reported.

Sam Burgess batted away questions about Nicholson’s departure but noted that there had been honest conversations about the prospects of leaving for Australia at such a young age.

Should Nicholson stay then Warrington will have an incredibly dominant pack for 2025 with Luke Yates joining the likes of Paul Vaughan, Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Zane Musgrove as overseas stars alongside the likes of Nicholson and other English talents.

Wire have clearly identified Yates for his aforementioned tackling prowess as they referenced it in their announcement, labelling the Aussie as a “tackling machine”.

They said: “Yates is a tackling machine and led the competition for most tackles last season, completing 1,027 at an average of 42 per game. This season he made a staggering 61 tackles in the Giants’ Super League match against St Helens.”

The Australian will join up with the club in November when pre-season preparations begin.

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