Huge boost for Warrington as star men commit futures amidst NRL interest

James Gordon
George Williams and Paul Vaughan

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Top of the table Warrington have revealed that half-back George Williams and forward Paul Vaughan have signed contract extensions with the club.

Vaughan has had an instant impact on his arrival to the Halliwell Jones Stadium, and is yet to taste defeat in the primrose and blue.

The Wolves’ form, winning eight out of eight in Super League so far, has also heightened interest around Williams, with some speculation linking him with a return to the NRL.

But he has now signed a new long-term deal to keep him at Warrington until November 2026, with the club stating they had to fight off advances from NRL clubs to complete the deal.

Williams said: “I’m really happy to nail my future down. We’ve got a great group here and I’m excited for what’s to come.

“How we’ve started the year has been unbelievable and there’s a lot more behind that – the environment and culture we’ve all created. It’s enjoyable to come to work everyday, everyone’s got a smile on their face and I’m happy that I’m staying.

“As a half-back you’re probably hitting your prime years at my age or maybe even a bit older when your experience and understanding of the game is better. Hopefully my best years are ahead of me, we can keep winning and doing my bit for the team.”

Loving it in Super League

Former Australia prop Vaughan has signed until November 2025, having also had some interest from the NRL.

Vaughan has made 1,566 metres so far this season, scoring three tries, and winning the club’s player of the month award for February and March.

He said: “It’s a really good feeling. It was a big move for my family coming over but we’re really happy and settled and it’s exciting to be able to extend my stay.

“The club’s been really good to us and made that transition pretty easy. We’re loving it and it’s really exciting.

“I’ve said to a few people that I probably haven’t enjoyed my footy as much as I have for a very long time. I’ve got a smile on my face, the boys are playing well and it’s nice to be rolling off the back of that.

“I feel like we’re building something special and to be part of that for a little bit longer is also very exciting.”

Warrington had made no secret of their desire to retain their key men, in light of the rumours linking them with moves to the NRL.

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The signings are a statement of intent in their search to claim that elusive Super League title.

Coach Daryl Powell added: “George [Williams] has been outstanding as a player and leader since I have been at the club.

“I think this re-signing is a significant one for not only our club but the game in this country. He is an international player in his prime who I think will continue to get better and be a driving force both at the Wolves and on the international stage.”

“Paul [Vaughan] has started his career in the British game like a house on fire. His personality off the field and his impact on it have both been high quality and I am delighted he has agreed to extend his stay with us.”

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