Westwood set for historic Wolves appearance

Ben Westwood is set to make his 400th appearance for Warrington this Saturday against Catalans.

Westwood, 36, is 10th in the all-time appearance list for the club and enjoyed a testimonial year in 2013.

He arrived at Wilderspool from Wakefield back in 2002.

Tributes have been pouring in to the club ahead of a special event planned this weekend to commemorate his achievements.

Team-mate Matty Blythe told the club’s official website: “People like me grew up watching Bennie in the Wilderspool days, and I feel very fortunate to have come up and eventually play alongside him. 

“Bennie is a magnificent player. Sometimes you look at him and think he’s absolutely exhausted, and then he’ll get up and do something special for the team. 

“He really is a fantastic player and I think he’s a huge role model for people growing up. He certainly was a role model for me when I was coming through, and 400 games is absolutely massive.

“He’s always doing promotions and doing things for the club around town. The amount of charities he’s involved with is a testament to him as a man. 

“He deserves everything he’s got from this club, honestly he’s an outstanding bloke.”

Westwood takes his place in a historic club at Warrington which is led by their all-time appearance maker Brian Bevan (620), who has a statue now situated outside their home ground.

Other players in the top 10 to have featured in the Super League era are Mark Foster (458) and Lee Briers (423), who retired in 2013.