Warrington Wolves are delighted to confirm the signing of hooker Daryl Clark on a four-year deal from next season until November 2018.
Clark, 21, signs from fellow Super League side Castleford Tigers having paid a substantial transfer fee.
Clark has been part of the Castleford success story of 2014 with a top-eight finish and a place in the Tetley's Challenge Cup final.
He came through the scholarship and academy ranks at his Yorkshire hometown club. He made his first-team debut back in 2010, becoming a regular in the side the following year.
Since then he has grown into an exciting prospect, spotted by England coach Steve McNamara ahead of the forthcoming Four Nations at the end of the campaign, Clark is renowned for his play from dummy half; on display in the recent cup semi final against Widnes.
This Super League season he tops Castleford's tackle count with 590 and metres made at 2637 to date. He has made 22 clean breaks, crossing for 12 league tries.
The young hooker will join the experience of Micky Higham with Michael Monaghan retiring at the end of the season.
Head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said: “I’m extremely excited to be working with Daryl next year. He’s been an absolutely super player this year and one of the highest performers; it’s been between him and Chris Hill, I think, week in week out. He’s getting better and better and I am looking forward to working with him. What he can bring to our squad will be a great contribution; hopefully we can add to his game as well over the coming years and forge a strong association for many seasons to come.”
On signing for the Wolves Clark added: “Warrington are a massive club and have been involved in finals and massive games over the last few years. As a player that's what you want to do within the game; win trophies, play in big games and finish high in the league every year and that's what Warrington have achieved. It feels like the right move for me to step forward.
“This has probably been the best year I've had so far and hopefully I can keep that form going and bring that to the Wolves. It's a long deal and I'm just looking to enjoy myself and hopefully win some trophies. It’s something new for me. I’m looking forward to working with different people; Tony is a great coach, has worked at big clubs and has a good track record.”
Position: Hooker (Fullback, Winger)
Former Clubs: Castleford Tigers
International Rep: England Knights
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