Warrington Wolves have confirmed the signing of halfback Tyrone Roberts on a three-year deal.
Roberts, 26, signs from a two-year spell at the Gold Coast Titans. He made his first-grade debut in the NRL for Newcastle Knights in 2011. He made 97 appearances for the Knights before a move to the Titans ahead of the 2016 season. Whist with Gold Coast he added a further 41 appearances. His representative career to date has seen him play for both the NRL Indigenous All Stars and NSW Country Origin.
He is renowned goal kicker but Roberts has also built a reputation as one of the most dangerous running half backs in the NRL. Warrington had to fight off strong interest from NRL clubs to sign the marquee player.
Roberts said: “I’m very excited to be joining the Warrington Wolves. My family and I can’t wait to get over there and start this new chapter in our lives. I’m excited to rip in and compete for some trophies and meet all the passionate fans.
“I’m also looking forward to working with Steve to help take my game to another level. He’s well respected in Australia as a coach so it’s a great opportunity for me to work alongside him.”
Steve Price, Wolves’ head coach, added: “Tyrone Roberts is a player who I’ve watched closely over the past few years in the NRL. He is a natural football player who loves playing footy in all different conditions. Tyrone has a great understanding of the game. He is a solid defensive player with a very sound kicking game; as well as having had an 82% goal-kicking success rate. A proud family man, with wife Brittany and two young daughters. Tyrone will be a great asset to Warrington Wolves.”
Karl Fitzpatrick, Wolves’ chief executive, said: “The signing of Tyrone is a massive coup for Warrington and Super League. He is a player that has genuine X-factor that will excite the Warrington supporters. We’ve been in discussions with Tyrone and his representative for some time so to finally get this over the line is very pleasing. We had to beat off clubs from the NRL to get Tyrone’s signature, this shows where we are heading and that we are building something special.”
Here are Roberts statistics from last season:
Games Played: 20
Field Goals: 0
Running Metres: 939
Try Assists: 6
Line Breaks: 5