Warrington Wolves

Stadium: The Halliwell Jones Stadium
Coach: Steve Price 
Last season’s finish: Grand Final & Challenge Cup runners-up

7/2 with Betfred to win the 2019 Grand Final

Steve Price will be looking to bounce back from two final defeats in 2018

Last season was one of genuine progress for the Warrington Wolves as they finished runners-up in both the Betfred Super League and the Challenge Cup.

After a disastrous 2017 saw them fighting for survival in the Qualifiers, new head coach Steve Price had somewhat of a rebuilding job on his hands in 2018 as the Wolves continued to chase their first-ever Betfred Super League title.

Despite a slow start, which saw them lose four of their opening six games, the new-look Wire side finally clicked as they went on to win eight consecutive league games and establish themselves firmly at the top end of the table.

The mid-season signing of Josh Charnley (7/1 – Top Regular Season Tryscorer) proved to be a masterstroke as the former England winger went on to score 25 times in 28 appearances for the Wire, and with Tom Lineham and Stefan Ratchford performing well alongside him – Warrington were one of the most entertaining sides to watch in the competition.

Price will be hoping that his side can continue to progress in 2019, and new signings Blake Austin (8/1 – Man of Steel Winner) and Jason Clark look set to make a a big impact having joined from the NRL.

Five-eighth Austin makes the move from the Canberra Raiders, where he made over 80 appearances; and given his impressive form in the NRL there will be plenty of pressure on the Australian playmaker to establish himself as one of the best players in the Super League.

Clark is another big-name signing for the Wolves who will add plenty of spice to their pack. The utility forward was a mainstay in the South Sydney side for some time, making over 150 appearances and picking up an NRL Grand Final winner’s ring in process. How he would love to add some Super League jewellery to another finger.

Wolves also boast a number of talented young players who have progressed through their ranks. Joe Philbin was one of a number of youngsters to have a breakout year in 2018, and Price will be hoping that the experience of losing two finals will prove to be hard education for his squad ahead of the new season.

Given the impressive nature of their recruitment, and the way they continued to grow through 2018, Warrington are one of the favourites to lift the trophy for the first time in October. Altough the likes of Wigan and St Helens will offer stiff opposition, Steve Price’s side may well be a shrewd bet this time around.

What do the experts think?

Paul Sculthorpe: “Some exciting signings for the Wolves in 2019, none more so than star half-back Blake Austin. On top of the new recruits, a welcome return for Ben Currie after nearly two years on the sidelines. Can Steve Price’s strong squad finally pick up the Super League trophy? I think it’s their best opportunity.”

Star man? Blake Austin

Predicted finish? 2nd

Jamie Peacock: “Wolves have made a fantastic signing in Blake Austin who is my favourite for Man of Steel in 2019. Wolves will push for honours again this year.”

Predicted finish? 2nd

 

The 2019 Betfred Super League kicks off in: 

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