The Warrington Wolves Supporters Trust and Squadbuilder supports Youth Development of young rugby players in the town. Formed in 2002, it also supports the community coaching programme of the Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation.
As the 2017 season starts we are proud to sponsor the newly appointed U 19’s couch Stuart Barrow who takes over from Lee Briers who has stepped up to coach the Reserve Team. God luck to Stuart and Lee in their new roles at the club.
The Wolves first team squad boasts 15 players who have graduated from the Academy under the guidance of the Youth Development Team.
It’s a real pleasure to welcome back Mike Cooper from Australia. Mike made his debut for the Wire in 2006 and is now a full England International and will be setting his sights on winning silverware at the club this year and playing for England in the RL World Cup in Australia at the end of the year.
Matty Blythe also returned to the club following four years at Bradford Bulls.
Kevin Penny is another local lad who made his first appearance for the club in 2006 and was a member of the 2007 Super League Dream Team.
22 year old Ben Currie has really developed into a powerful, fast second row and was named in the Super League Dream team of 2016 and scored in the challenge Cup Final at Wembley last year. Ben represented Ireland in the 2013 World Cup playing against Australia in Limerick. He was called up to the England squad in 2015 and hopes to play in RLWC 2017.
Rhys Evans continues to develop with strong defensive qualities supplementing his speed and try scoring record either on the wing or at centre. Rhys hopes to represent Wales at the RLWC 2017.
Brad Dwyer has used his trademark speed and agility to make an impact off the bench as interchange hooker.
Toby King made 14 appearances in 2016 and has proved to be a useful utility player. He has played second row or centre to great effect but can also slot in the halves. He is fast and has slick handling abilities. Toby is looking to increase the number of first team appearances this year and represent Ireland at RLWC 2017.
Forward George King, elder brother of Toby, made 34 appearances last year and continues to add options in the forwards. He has also represented Ireland at International level. Both George and Toby played in the Challenge Cup Final and Super League Grand Final in 2016
Joe Philbin is another local lad and made his debut in 2014 and has proved to be a fearless, strong forward. Still only 22, Joe is maturing into a skilful young player. Joe has also represented Ireland at international level and has his sights on playing in the RLWC 2017.
Declan Patton is a fast and skilful half back. He was hampered by injury during 2016 but made several impressive appearances at the business end of the season playing at Wembley in the Challenge Cup Final and he scored the only try for the Wire in the Grand Final 2016. His goal kicking is considered to be the best in the club
Morgan Smith made his debut aged just 17 in the Challenge Cup and plays either at half back or hooker. Morgan has an impressive kicking game and runs from dummy half like a terrier.
21 year old Sam Wilde made his debut against his home town club Wigan at the HJ in July 2015. He made several appearances in the pack in 2016, including a starting place in the Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Jack Johnson is 20 years old and plays at wing or at full back. A fast and skilful player, Jack’s assured play at full back has caught the eye with several impressive performances in 2016.
Harvey Livett, another local lad, was the U19’s player of the year in 2016. He made his Super League debut at Catalans in February 2017. Harvey has grown in stature and skill having impressed in the 19s and for the reserves in 2016 mainly at centre. He is also an impressive goal kicker. Harvey has represented England at Youth level.
Pat Moran was promoted to the senior squad in 2016. Still only 18 years old, Pat has impressed with strong performances at Prop.
Winger Ryan Jones is the latest player to graduate to the senior squad from the academy. The speedy youngster has terrific promise.
A special mention to Ben Harrison who has his Testimonial year in 2017 having been a faithful member of the club for 13 years. Ben came down from Cumbria as a sixteen year old raw youth and progressed through the scholarship and academy to be an International for Ireland in the RL World Cup in 2008 at the age of 20. Ben was also called up to play for England. He played in the Challenge Cup finals victories in 2009,2010 and 2012 and won the League Leaders Shield in 2011. He also played in the Grand Final in 2014. Ben has been hampered with injuries for some time and now has a body akin to the bionic man. Good luck for the future Ben and thank you for your support of Squadbuilder and the Supporters’ Trust over the years.
The 13th Annual Supporters Trust Quiz Night takes place in the Martin Dawes Legends Lounge on Wednesday 7th June 2017. Teams of 6 are invited to apply for the prestigious places at this popular event. All first team players, U19’s squad and Player Performance staff are invited to attend and join in the Quiz fun with the fans.
More details about the Quiz Night can be found HERE
All proceeds go to support Youth Development at the club as we continue to support the Player Performance Team as players graduate to Professional contracts and potentially a full time contract at the club.
We have a membership scheme with subscriptions of £5 a year to join the Supporters’ Trust or by regular monthly subscriptions of a minimum of £5 to be a full member of the Supporters’ Trust and Squadbuilder.
Subscriptions and all money raised at events really do make a difference by supporting Youth Development at Warrington Wolves.
The board of the Trust meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month at 19:00 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.