Warrington confirm signing of Gareth Widdop

James Gordon

Warrington have confirmed the signing of England international Gareth Widdop as of next season.

Widdop, 29, has signed a three-year deal and will join up with the Wolves ahead of the 2020 season, having opted to leave St George-Illawarra Dragons.

He said: “With decisions like this there are a lot of things to look into. I think Warrington, in terms of the club itself, has got a lot of history, is a great team and is run very well.

“I have a lot of mates in the team and it’s been a top club for a number of years. It’s a club I want to be a part of and win some silverware with.

“I’ve been away from home for a long time now, and growing up in Halifax I always had dreams of playing in Super League. I’m at the stage in my career now when I have that opportunity.”

Widdop made his name at Melbourne Storm and has also won 28 caps for England.

Warrington coach Steve Price said: “I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Gareth having signed him when at the DragonsHe’s a terrific person who sets high standards for himself and is a really good family man.

“He’s matured into an outstanding leader and has played on the biggest stage in the game at international level. Gareth’s a player with integrity and a high level of experience; he’ll complement our team in 2020 and help take us to another level.

“He’s a huge signing for the game in England. It says how good our competition is when a marquee player in Australia shows the desire to come and play in Super League while holding aspirations to keep playing for his country.

“We see ourselves as a benchmark club in Super League and to be able to sign a player like Gareth is credit to our owner in Simon Moran, chairman Stuart Middleton and all involved.”