Daryl Clark addresses transfer rumours and reacts to fan’s letter

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Daryl Clark has addressed recent speculation linking him with a move away from Warrington as the England international remains off-contract for the 2024 season. 

Clark, 30, has spent the last nine seasons at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, having made the move from Castleford ahead of the 2015 campaign.

And while recent reports have suggested a move away from the club, Clark insists he could see himself playing the rest of his career at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The 2014 Man of Steel winner has made 218 appearances for Wire to date, and is enjoying a fine start to the 2023 campaign. His side remain unbeaten in the new campaign, putting them at the top of the Super League table with five wins from five. 

Off-contract players are free to speak to rival clubs from May 1.

“Obviously there’s going to be rumours like there always is with players who are coming off contract. But as of now, I’ve not agreed or signed anything for next year,” Clark told Love Rugby League.

“I just want to concentrate on playing well and hopefully if I can keep playing well, a contract will take care of itself.”

Asked if he could see himself playing the rest of his career at Warrington, Clark responded:  “I can’t see why not. The team is going well and we’re building something special. 

“Hopefully we can keep playing well and they’ll be something on the table. Hopefully there will be something there.”

Daryl Clark on fans’ letter

Although recently deleted from social media, a passionate Warrington fan had shared a letter that they were prepared to send to the club pleading to extend their number nine’s contract.

The letter, addressed to Warrington chief Karl Fitzpatrick, dates the fan’s first game back to 1978, and insisted his side needs to re-sign the ‘best hooker in the British game’. 

“I’ve seen it,” Clark admitted. 

“It’s obviously nice for me and shows that the fans have a bit of respect for you as a player and a bit of love. 

“When you read stuff like that, it’s pretty good.”

Clark previews Castleford trip

Clark returns to his old club in West Yorkshire on Friday night during Super League Round Six. Daryl Powell’s side look to continue their unbeaten run, with Castleford picking up their first win of the year last week over Leeds at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Warrington’s Clark is looking forward to yet another return to his old stomping ground, and hopes that their result over the Rhinos can be the catalyst of a brighter season for the club – just not against Wire.

He said: “Obviously I grew up not too far from the ground and I spent a lot of years there at academy level, scholarship level and all that.

“A lot of people I came through with still play at the club. It’s always good to go back home and see familiar surroundings. Somewhere I played a lot of junior rugby and grew up and stuff. It’s always nice to go back there.

“I always look out for their results and stuff and hope they do well. I wouldn’t like to see them get relegated or anything like that being my hometown club.

“As long as they’re not playing against us, I’m normally cheering for them. I like to see them do well, just not against us!”

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