Warrington target Grand Final glory in 2020

Drew Darbyshire

Warrington forward Joe Philbin says the Wolves will do all that they can to be crowned Super League champions in 2020.

The Wolves have reached the Super League Grand Final on four occasions (2012, 2013, 2016 and 2018) but have been runners-up each time.

But Philbin wants that to change that by helping his hometown club become Super League champions for the first time in their history.

He said: “The Grand Final has kind of gotten away from us so far.

“We’ve had a lot of success in the Challenge Cup over the last 12 years or so but we’ve not won the big one ultimately.

“We’ve got to the big dance a few times and we’ve been called the bridesmaids and we don’t want that tag and we don’t like that tag. We want to lift that big one.”

The 25-year-old hopes he can continue to perform to a high level for Warrington so he can make his way into Shaun Wane’s England plans for the 2021 World Cup.

He added: “Every single player dreams of playing for their country and if you don’t then you are probably in the wrong game.

“International recognition ultimately comes from you doing your thing for your club so I’m just going to put my heart and soul into Warrington Wolves like I do every time I step on the field and if that’s enough for Shaun Wane to give me a call-up and get me in that World Cup squad then I’d be ready to go.”

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