Warrington coach Daryl Powell has made no secret of his disappointment over his side’s season, but he has been really impressed with three of his players.
The Wolves has publicly said he feels embarrassed by Warrington’s lowest ever finish in a Super League season, but there are small wins to be proud of for Powell in 2022.
Matty Ashton has scored 13 tries in 23 games for the Wolves and has flourished under Powell’s guidance, making 20 clean breaks in a struggling side.
“One player who has sort of been in and out over the last few years who I’ve decided should play no matter what is Matty Ashton,” Powell replied when asked by Love Rugby League about his standout performers in 2022.
“If he would have had three or four games at the start of the year I would’ve just kept playing him because I think he’s an outstanding player.
“He has been a real standout for me. He is a young guy who is getting his first real full season on the wing. His willingness to accept criticism is credit to him and he needs to accept praise a little better because he critiques himself so hard.”
Daryl Powell praises George Williams and James Harrison
Another two players who have impressed Powell this season are half-back George Williams and prop James Harrison.
“I think George’s second half to the season has been outstanding,” Powell said. “He’s been strong.
“I think Jimmy Harrison has been the find of the season. He’s had an ACL injury, came back and straight away I thought he is going to be an outstanding player and I think we’ve seen that in every single game he plays.
“He’s got a good grounding in terms of where he has come from, his dad was an outstanding rugby league player. Jimmy has got some good things going for him.”