England star George Williams has explained what needs to change at Warrington Wolves to get them back to the top of Super League.
Williams, who many were critical of last year despite the fact he was one of the better performers at the Halliwell Jones and was outstanding for England in the World Cup and even nominated for the Golden Boot award as the tournament’s best player.
Speaking ahead of the new season on Super League’s Twitter page, Williams has said the club needs to remedy their defence ahead of the new season believing the quality of their attacking players will be enough to win them games: “The defensive aspect of the game is massive for us.
“Once we defend well, our attack will flow and we’ve got too many good players not to score.”
Warrington Wolves were an enigma in 2022.
They started the season with some good results though some of their performances, such as their win over 12-man Leeds Rhinos in Round One, weren’t of the standard you’d expect from the Wolves.
A star-studded squad, they eventually slipped to 11th in the league.
Now, after coach Daryl Powell has had the chance to put his own stamp on the squad, he belives things will be different as he suggested that the uncertainty around contracts worked against the Wolves in 2022.
“We are a united group who are ready to go,” Powell told The Sportsman.
“This is a new team, a different feel, a different vibe and we have a lot to prove.
“We had a lot of players out of contract last year which created its own problems. The expectation was probably a little heavy. It was a tough year all the way through. I understand people will keep asking me about last year but this is a fresh start and I have no excuses, I won’t look for any and we now have quality in every position to deliver a brand of rugby league to make our fans proud.”
This echoes what new skipper Stefan Ratchford had to say in the matter: “There was a lot of stuff that contributed to where the season went.
“A lot of boys were out of contract, 14 of us at one point. A lot of lads didn’t know if they were coming or going. We were under-performing and then going out and over-trying, which makes you mess up more. You feel the pressure of not playing well in a team that is losing, but thinking ‘I have to go out and impress other clubs if Warrington won’t keep me’.”