Scotland winger Matty Russell makes Warrington return

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Scotland international winger Matty Russell has returned to Warrington a one-year deal for 2023, with the option for a further year.

The 29-year-old winger scored 31 tries in 97 appearances for the Wolves between 2014-18. He has since played for Toronto, Leigh and Toulouse.

Russell will wear the number 34 shirt for Warrington in 2023.

Warrington coach Daryl Powell said: “We’ve been looking around since the end of last season to give us more strength and depth in our outside-backs, particularly with Connor Wrench being injured for the first part of the season.

“An opportunity to sign Matty came up and, having played against him last season, I believe he will offer us some great strength in depth on our wings.

“As a powerful dynamic runner he can really create havoc in defences on kick returns. I’ve sat down with him and talked in detail about what we need from our players over this coming season. He is highly motivated and I believe he will be a quality acquisition for the club.”

Matty Russell grateful for Warrington chance

Irvine-born Russell was a free agent after leaving Toulouse following their relegation from Super League last season.

He said: “To get another chance at this great club means everything.

“It only feels like yesterday I was here! It’s great to be back and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. Once I heard Warrington were interested and I spoke to Daryl (Powell) and Karl (Fitzpatrick) it was a no-brainer for me to re-sign.

“I feel I’m coming back a much better player and I want to bring my value to the team. Physically I’ve developed a lot from when I first arrived. Away from the field also I’m coming back more professional and want to be a role model which will hopefully reap the rewards on the field also.

“It’ll be great to see the fans again and connect with them. There’ll be some familiar faces I’m sure.

“If we can find top form, which I’m very confident this team is capable of, there’s no doubt we can push for finals this year.”

Russell has won 13 caps for Scotland, playing in the last three World Cups.

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