“They mentioned to me that they were interested in being ‘English’ again,” said Smith.
“Both have represented England at junior level before. They have always had the ambition to play for England and when we did our end of season reviews at Warrington they spoke of their desire to play for England.
“They have both had pretty good years. Ben has had a lot of recognition for his effort, he’s maturing and is keen to make the next step up into representative rugby league and I’m happy to help him with that.
“Chris had a really solid year, he was consistent and didn’t have many injuries. He put a lot of pressure on opposition teams. He’s a dangerous player who will create a lot of opportunities.”