Warrington confirm Matty Smith deal

James Gordon

Warrington have confirmed the signing of scrum-half Matty Smith on loan from Catalans for the rest of the season.

Smith, 32, has won the Super League Grand Final on two occasions and was the Lance Todd Trophy winner in 2013.

He has made more than 300 career appearances for Wigan, St Helens, Widnes, Salford and Celtic Crusaders.

Coach Steve Price said: “Matt is an experienced player. He’s a Lance Todd trophy winner so he knows all about big games and how to win Challenge Cups and Grand Finals.

“He knows how to steer a team around the park, and he’ll add extra competition to our halves going into the business end of the season”

Smith goes straight in to contention for this Thursday’s clash at home to St Helens, but he won’t be available for the Challenge Cup final later this month.

He said: “Firstly I would like to thank both Catalans and Warrington for sorting the loan deal out very quickly which allows me to do what I love doing and that’s playing Rugby League.

“Also after speaking with Steve Price and having been a big admirer of the Warrington club for so long it was a very easy decision for me to come on loan until the end of the year.

“Having worked before with a lot of the staff and playing group I am sure it will be an easy transition.”