Warrington boss Daryl Powell predicts ‘big future’ for rising star: ‘He’s a quality player’

Josh McAllister
Adam Holroyd involved in a tackle on Huddersfield's Tui Lolohea.

Adam Holroyd involved in a tackle on Huddersfield's Tui Lolohea. Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Wire/PA Images.

Warrington head coach Daryl Powell has predicted a bright future for returning back-rower Adam Holroyd, who is set to line up against Leeds in Super League on Thursday night.

Holroyd, 19, marked his return from a dislocated shoulder he suffered back in March to feature for the club’s reserves against Castleford at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle last week.

He was named in the starting line-up in the 30-28 victory at back-row, and head coach Powell has confirmed that the rising youngster is set to feature in the 17 against Rohan Smith’s Rhinos at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

“He played last week and he’ll be in the 17,” Powell confirmed on Wednesday.

“He’s a quality player.

“I love his attitude, everything about him is class. I’ve trusted him in the past.

“He played earlier on in the season against Huddersfield and did a pretty tidy job.

“He’s a player with a big future.”

Adam Holroyd praised a ‘class young player’ by Warrington boss

Holroyd made his debut last season under Powell against Leeds, and has gone on to make a further two appearances for the Wolves.

His return is a timely boost for Powell’s side, who are currently without starting back-rower Matty Nicholson, who was ruled out of action for 10 weeks through a finger injury back in May.

Utility forward James Harrison and the recently-released Josh McGuire have slotted in the back-row in recent weeks to cover.

However, 27-year-old Harrison will be forced to watch the next two games due to suspension following his hip-drop tackle on Nathan Massey.

Warrington head into the Super League Round 17 clash following back-to-back defeats to Wigan and Castleford, while Leeds enjoyed a much-needed confidence boost after hammering Huddersfield 54-0 at Headingley Stadium.

“He’s just got to get out there and play well,” Powell said on Holroyd.

“The team is always selected as much as you can on form. Obviously it depends on the depth that you’ve got.

“Jimmy [James Harrison] is missing tomorrow and next week which puts a little pressure on us there.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him [Holroyd] play.

“He’s a class young player and he’s shown us he can handle it in the past and I’m pretty sure he can do the same tomorrow.”

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