Warrington forward signs contract extension

James Gordon
James Harrison Warrington Wolves Championship

Warrington forward James Harrison has signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until the end of the 2025 season.

Harrison, 26, made 11 appearances in his first year at the Halliwell Jones Stadium having recovered from an ACL injury.

The former Batley and Featherstone man is the son of ex-Great Britain prop and Super League coach Karl Harrison.

Wolves coach Daryl Powell said: “When we signed James I was 100% certain he would be a consistent Super League player.

“After his injury that became a bit tougher for him. However, his efforts for us last year showed how good he is going to be in the future and is why I feel this deal is a great one for the club.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how he grows over the coming years but I am super confident he will be an integral part of our success.”

Wolves’ new number eight

James Harrison has been handed the number eight shirt ahead of the 2023 campaign, despite the signings of big name forwards Gil Dudson, Sam Kasiano, Josh McGuire and Paul Vaughan.

He said: “I’m buzzing to have signed a new deal and there’s no place I’d rather be.

“The way the club looked after me when I was injured was first class. Everything’s perfect for me here and I’m really enjoying it.

“Daryl [Powell] was a big reason for extending my contract. He trusts me, likes the way I play and gets the best out of me.

“It was a shock to get given the number 8 shirt for next season but a proud moment. At the end of the day though it’s just a number and I need to fight for my place each week. The pack is unbelievable this year, full of internationals and experience. Working with these players week-in-week-out will bring out the best of me.”

Super League ins and outs for 2023: Signings and departures club-by-club