Daryl Powell has predicted a bright future for youngster Connor Wrench following his new extended contract with the club.
Wrench, 20, announced on Sky Sports last night that he has signed a new extended deal at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Although yet to be officially announced, his current deal runs until 2023, so the new extension could see him at the club until at least the end of 2024.
The England Knights international announced his new deal ahead of their clash with St Helens on Thursday night on Sky Sports.
And head coach Powell is happy to have secured one of the club’s talented prospects.
“It’s great to have those young players tied down,” Powell told Love Rugby League.
“They’re the future of the club. I think the fact that you’ve got players that are so young but so advanced is outstanding.”
Powell on best position for Connor Wrench
Wrench has made 14 appearances in Super League to date, having graduated through the club’s academy. He made his debut in 2020, and has scored 11 tries altogether so far.
Often featuring in the centres, he played on the wing against St Helens – and Powell believes that could be his best position.
“At the moment, I think he’s [best] on the wing,” he said.
“I think it takes a little bit of pressure off him playing in the centre. He’s got genuine speed.
“He created some opportunities and obviously set the first try up. He has got genuine speed. Once he starts believing in himself a little but more, who knows.
“I know I got questioned a fair bit about Josh Charnley and dropping him; Josh is a really good player but Connor Wrench is the future of the club.
“The more experience he gets this year, the better he’s going to be moving forward.
“Obviously he’s got to keep his position, we have Greg Minikin coming back into the mix and it’s good to have some challenge for that position.”