Preparations for the 2007 super league are now well under way, and with the new season just around the corner the Wolves are rearing to go. But before any super league action can take place, the Wolves must first contest the Wire FM challenge cup with old rivals Widnes Vikings.
The match, dubbed as a friendly, is likely to be anything but if past occasions are anything to go by. Widnes, now in the LHF Division One, will have something to prove against the Wolves so expect an intense atmosphere and an action packed encounter.
On a more personal level the Boxing day clash sees the renewal of old friendships, fan favourite Henry Fa'afili will line up against his close friend and ex wolf Toa Kohe -Love. The pair spent two successful seasons together at the Halliwell Jones, forming a good relationship both on and off the pitch and Fa'afili is excited about the prospect of playing against him:
"Me and Toa have been friends for a while now, it will be different seeing him playing against me, but at the same time I've played against many of my friends – you just have to enjoy it."
Fa'afili has been recovering from a groin operation back in his native New Zealand. "The injury is fine, I'm fully fit and ready to go." He was also quick to mention that the Wolves have made some exciting signings this season, and he is certainly not alone in his belief that 2007 could be a big year for the Warrington Wolves.
All in all everything seems to be in place for a successful season at the Halliwell Jones, and nothing more so than, the seamless transition that Great Britain second rower Paul Johnson has made following his transfer from the Bradford Bulls. Paul is delighted with the stadium and facilities, stating that among other things the gym here is excellent. Paul too is relishing life with his new club and can't wait for the new season to start.
Warrington Wolves are now selling tickets for their clash with the Vikings in the Wire FM Boxing Day Challenge at the Halton Stadium.
Book your place on 01925 248888 or online: www.wolfwareonline.com <http://www.wolfwareonline.com/>
Prices for the East Stand (behind the sticks) are £12.00 for adults and £6.00 for concessions.