Signed from Salford ahead of the 2012 season, Ratchford has become one of Super League’s most dangerous and versatile players.
While he began 2012 and ended 2016 at full-back, the period in between has seen the former Salford man notch up appearances at centre, stand-off, second-row, hooker and loose-forward.
While pundits aplenty have suggested that the 28-year-old could have more than a solitary England cap he concentrated on one position, Ratchford himself prefers to rise to the challenge of making Warrington tick from a variety of positions.
Pace off the mark, supreme handling and instinctive peripheral vision are hallmarks of the former Wigan St Patricks amateur, who clocked up his 150th appearance for Warrington in 2016.
The former Hull flyer enjoyed an eventful debut season at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, becoming a firm fans’ favourite along the way.
The 24-year-old began the 2016 campaign with a flurry of tries, only to lose his position in the starting 13 midway through the campaign as Tony Smith opted to shift Rhys Evans to the wing.
Lineham earned praise from his head coach for his dedication to training during this hiatus, before returning to the side in fine style with crucial tries against Hull and St Helens as Wire won the League Leaders’ Shield and qualified for their third Grand Final.
An accomplished finisher who combines the pace of a true three-quarter with the build of a back-row forward, Lineham adds further value to his new club my making solid metres out of his own half, as well as his try-scoring ability.
Debuting for Warrington in 2010 having signed from the Wakefield Wildcats, the rapid centre has gone on to score 138 tries in 212 appearances to date.
A lover of the physical battle in the centres, Atkins’ brutal defence has become every bit as much a feature of the 31-year-old’s game as his trademark speed.
Selected for the Super League Dream Team in 2016, Atkins signed a two-year contract extension at the conclusion of the campaign, committing him to the club until 2019.
The path from Wigan to Warrington is well trodden. The point of difference in the case of Matty Russell is that his move down the A49 came via the Gold Coast of Australia.
A product of Wigan’s Academy, Russell featured on two occasions for the Warriors in 2012 as he served as understudy to Sam Tomkins, as well as six matches on loan with Hull FC prior to his one season sabbatical down under.
Having returned to the UK with Warrington ahead of season 2014, Russell quickly forged a reputation as a strong running full-back for whom returning kicks with interest and scooting out of dummy-half were dangerous trademarks.
With Stefan Ratchford now a feature in that position, Russell’s skills have proved to be more than transferable to the wing.
His Wolves career has so far yielded 70 appearances, 19 tries and seven man of the match awards.
The rabbit pulled from the hat of Tony Smith following Chris Sandow’s 11th hour withdrawal from a second full season in Super League, Kevin Brown joined Warrington from Widnes for an undisclosed fee.
The 32-year-old played international rugby as recently as last Autumn when Wayne Bennett drafted him into the halves for the final Four Nations fixture against Australia.
Formerly of Wigan and Huddersfield prior to his four-year stint with the Vikings, Brown has crossed the whitewash on 108 occasions during his 297 Super League career appearances.
“Joining Warrington excites me,” he said as the signing was announced in December.
“I want to win trophies and Warrington is a club that gives me a great chance to do this.
“With a great stadium and a big fan base, I can’t wait to pull the jersey on. Being coached by Tony (Smith) is something I’m really looking forward to and playing in such a talented squad is a dream.”
Warrington Wolves owner Simon Moran achieved a longstanding ambition by signing the former Kangaroo international ahead of the 2016 season – and the 34-year-old did not disappoint.
Arriving in Cheshire with a reputation for solid performances from either full-back, hooker or the halves, Gidley quickly became established in the stand-off role – and penned a one-year contract extension midway through the campaign.
While the former Newcastle Knights’ tactical kicking and vision often makes him the man responsible for steering the Wire around the park, he’s equally adept at hitting a gap at speed and crashing over the line from close range.
D.O.B 7 June 1982
Previous ClubsNewcastle Knights
Representative Honours Australia, New South Wales, NSW Country
When Chris Hill signed for Warrington from Leigh ahead of the 2012 season, he was far from a household name at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Having previously plied his trade in the National League with the Leigh Centurions, Hill – trademark scrum cap et al – was tasked with bridging the gap between the part-time game and elite-level rugby.
The rugged front rower’s response could not have been more emphatic, cleaning up the club’s player of the year awards in his first season.
Since then, Hill has established himself in the international arena with England, become Warrington’s captain and committed his future to the club until 2021.
Alongside his tireless appetite for hard work, a cornerstone of Hill’s success has been baffling defences with slick footwork.
He was a starter for his country throughout the 2016 Four Nations.
Signed from Castleford on the back of a Steve Prescott Man of Steel winning campaign in 2014, Daryl Clark was a standout performer from dummy-half as Warrington lifted the League Leaders’ Shield last season.
Famed for his speed and illusive running out of acting-half, Clark is a six-time England international at the age of 23.
He scored 37 tries in 94 appearances for the Tigers and has crossed the line a further 16 times since switching amber and black for primrose and blue, including the score that secured a last gasp victory over Huddersfield in July.
Having lost his place in the international squad in 2015, Clark’s sparkling form for Warrington last season saw him reinstated by new coach Wayne Bennett starting 2017 by extending his wire stay until 2020.
Signing for Warrington from the North Queensland Cowboys ahead of the 2015 season, Ashton Sims moved his life and family to England and hasn’t looked back.
The trademark long locks and beard ensure that the Fiji international is an unmistakable presence on the field.
A fearless and uncompromising approach has endeared the former St George Illawarra Dragon and Brisbane Bronco to the Halliwell Jones faithful.
Originally signed on a two-year deal, Sims was handed a one-year extension midway through his first season at the club.
In the 2015 Challenge Cup Quarter-Final against Leigh, he became the first player to wear a microphone during a match, with the resulting highlights package going viral around the globe.
D.O.B 26 February 1985
Previous ClubsBrisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys
With 59 tries to his name in 120 Warrington appearances, it is scarcely believable that Ben Currie is just 22.
The secret for the six-foot two utility man is that he started early, debuting in Super League as a 17-year-old back in 2012.
Remarkable handling skills have been a hallmark ever since, as well as potent running, versatility and a keen eye for the try-line.
This culminated in selection for the Super League Dream Team in 2016, although he missed the run-in to the end of the season having picked up a knee injury in the act of scoring a try against Wigan in the Super 8s.
Currie recently signed a new contract committing him to the club until the conclusion of the 2020 season.
A product of Wigan’s Academy system, Hughes made his debut for the cherry and whites as a teenager and went on to feature on 74 occasions for his hometown club.
The hard-working second-row forward joined Huddersfield on loan in 2015, catching the eye of Tony Smith, who brought him to Warrington on a permanent basis the following year.
The 25-year-old racked up 30 appearances in his debut campaign in Cheshire, crossing the line on a career-best six occasions whilst catching the eye of supporters with his consistent contributions on Warrington’s right edge.
A two-time England Knights international, Hughes was awarded a new contract midway through the 2016 season, tying him to the club until 2019.
Signed from Hull FC for a six-figure fee ahead of season 2016, Westerman became a mainstay of Warrington’s starting line-up, making 34 appearances in his debut season.
Arriving at The Halliwell Jones Stadium as a full international having featured in the 2014 Tri Nations down under, the tall loose-forward crossed for ten tries, whilst also imposing his ability to combine slick handling with the physical side of the game.
A crowd favourite with both of his previous two clubs – Castleford and Hull FC – the 27-year-old has crossed for 64 tries in 2018 Super League appearances.
A home-grown product of the Warrington Academy, Cooper made his debut for the Wire as an 18-year-old in 2006 and went on to feature on 133 occasions during his first stint with the club.
A tall, powerful front-rower or loose-forward, Cooper was largely utilised as an impact substitute with the likes of Adrian Morley and Garreth Carvell often fulfilling the starting positions.
Thrust into the spotlight by a game-changing contribution in the playoff semi-final victory over St Helens in 2012, Cooper continued to impress as the Wolves reached the Grand Final for a second time a year later.
Tempted by the lure of the NRL, Cooper relocated to Australia in 2014 where his solid defence and no-nonsense midfield barges made him a popular figure with the St George Illawarra Dragons.
Making 69 appearances over three seasons, Cooper’s form down under propelled him into the international arena.
News of a return to The Halliwell Jones Stadium broke back in June, causing great excitement among the Warrington faithful.
D.O.B 15 September 1988
Community Club Latchford Albion
Previous ClubsWarrington, St George Illawarra Dragons
The young career of the former Huddersfield trainee has demonstrated determination to compromise nothing in skill and finesse as he forges a career in the rough and tumble of the pack.
Slick handling, impressive vision and a canny side-step are all features of the 21-year-old’s work.
Crossing for the match-winning try in a topsy-turvy encounter against the Catalans in Perpignan in 2016 represents his crowning moment to date.
Having made 21 appearances in the previous two seasons combined, King became a regular and dependable feature of the first team in 2016, playing 34 matches.
A tough and uncompromising front rower with 87 Super League appearances for Wigan under his belt, Dom Crosby arrives owing Warrington a Grand Final win or two.
A star of the cherry and whites line-up that triumphed against the Wolves at Old Trafford in 2013 and 2016, the 26-year-old is hoping to add further medals to his collection having signed for the Wire on a two-year contract.
In all, Crosby appeared in four Grand Finals during his time at the JJB Stadium – and Tony Smith has big plans for his new recruit.
“He’s a player I’ve admired for some time and I know he has a great attitude towards training and has a very competitive nature,” said the Warrington head of coaching and rugby.
“I think he has the potential to develop into a fantastic player for us; he has a wide range of skills and is very ambitious.”
Warrington announced the signing of Andre Savelio, a 21-year-old former England under 16 and under 18 international, shortly after the conclusion of the 2016 season.
A product of Latchford Albion, Savelio signed for St Helens at the age of 14, made his debut in 2014 and went on to make 42 first grade appearances in the red V.
Most comfortable in the second-row, but also with experience under his belt at prop, Savelio had the pundits purring during his breakthrough campaign in 2015, but became a less regular starter with the Langtree Park outfit last time around, also spending time on loan at Castleford.
Described by Tony Smith as an ‘x-factor’ player, Savelio is a powerful runner and a skilled off-loader, making him a handful for any opposition defence.
When Kevin Penny left Warrington for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the conclusion of the 2010 season, his career at The Halliwell Jones Stadium looked to be at an end.
When he departed Bell Vue and signed for Swinton a year later, his days in Super League appeared to be over.
Tony Smith kept his eye on the rapid winger, who refused to give up on his dream and earned a fairytale return to his hometown club in 2014.
Wolves’ fans quickly realised that, while the former favourite had compromised none of his breakneck speed, time away from the spotlight had seen Penny develop a new-found relish for his defensive duties, so much so that he has since featured at full-back as well as on the flank.
His second coming in Cheshire started slowly with three appearances in 2014, in which he scored four tries, and a further 12 in 14 appearances back on loan with the Lions.
Penny has featured in primrose and blue far more regularly in the intervening two years, making 20 appearances and crossing the whitewash on 14 occasions last season.
Handed an extended run in the team, largely at right-centre, during a whirlwind 2016, Toby King rewarded the faith of his coaches with a string of consistent performances.
Intelligent in defence, tough in the tackle and possessing an elusive sidestep and turn of speed with ball in hand, Wire also made the most of the 20-year-old’s versatility in 2016, switching him to interchange back-row forward after injuries struck the squad late in the campaign.
King’s most memorable moment from the fans’ perspective was a stunning solo score in the dying moments of the Challenge Cup Semi-Final against Wakefield.
For playing an often-unsung role as an integral part of a cohesive unit as Warrington reached both major finals, King more than deserved that moment of personal glory.
Blythe made his Super League debut for the Wolves way back in 2007 off the bench in a home win over Salford; his next outing then being mid-way through the following year.
Tony Smith came to fancy Blythe as more of a centre and – having taken him out of the first-team firing line for much of the 2009 and 2o1o seasons – Blythe made 22 appearances, primarily in the backs, as Warrington won the League Leaders Shield in 2011.
Although 18 further games followed in 2012, Blythe – an able and dependable deputy for Chris Bridge and Ryan Atkins – opted to move on and spent the next four seasons with the Bradford Bulls, before rejoining the Wolves on a one-year deal for 2017.
Having excelled under the tutelage of Lee Briers in the Warrington Academy, Declan Patton made his Super League debut as a 19-year-old in April 2015.
The opposition was Wakefield, the result an 80-0 win, and so commenced a run of eight successive appearances.
The teenager impressed in a 30-20 defeat against Wigan, steered the Wire around the park in a remarkable 29-10 victory over Leeds and was instrumental in a thrilling home victory, 22-20, against Widnes.
An occasional starter during the early stages of 2016, Patton was then installed to the first team, in the absence through injury of Chris Sandow, during the business end of the campaign.
He was far from overawed, excelling as crucial victories were achieved against Catalans, Widnes, Hull and St Helens on route to the League Leaders Shield and the Grand Final.
Possessing undoubted durability to complement his quality with hands and feet, Patton shrugged-off two would-be tacklers to cross for the opening try of the Grand Final.
The evening ended in disappointment, but if Patton fulfils his precocious talent, plenty more big stage opportunities surely beckon.
Short, stocky and strong as an ox, Philbin’s blockbusting charges beyond enemy lines – legs pumping, socks rolled down low – have made him a popular young player among the faithful at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
A product of Latchford Albion, the second-rower made his Super League bow in a 34-4 victory away at Hull KR in 2014 and has so far made 27 first grade appearances for the club.
The 22-year-old topped up his first-team action in 2016 with stints on loan at Bradford Bulls and Rochdale Hornets.
A left-field signing ahead of the 2016 season having impressed on trial with the club, Frenchman Benjamin Jullien admitted that he only expected to play one first-grade fixture during his debut campaign.
He played 12, including a starring role as Tony Smith’s men downed Wigan 40-10 at home in April.
Previously enjoying stints in Avignon, Brisbane and North Wales, Jullien had plied his trade in four different nations by the age of 21.
Hoping to make Warrington a more permanent home, the Frenchman featured for the Wire in the new position of hooker during the festive friendly at Widnes.
Wilde’s Super League debut came in the pressure cooker of a local derby against Wigan in July 2015.
The teenage debutant impressed as the Wolves secured a 17-6 victory – and went on to play a further six first-team games during the remainder of the campaign.
The composed back-row forward had been in and out of the first team last season, before an injury crisis late in the campaign led to a run of matches as Warrington’s starting loose-forward.
Now aged 21, Wilde was instrumental in the victories over Hull FC and St Helens that secured the League Leaders Shield and qualification for the Grand Final.
Following in the footsteps of Brad Dwyer as a home-grown Warrington hooker, Morgan Smith’s first-grade got off to a strong start with a 70-10 away win at Oldham in the Cup. His first two Super League appearances may have been defeat against Wakefield and Castleford in May but returning to the 17 for the run-in to the end of the season in September, the youngster is yet to taste defeat again having starred in victories over Catalans, Widnes, Hull and St Helens.
Chris Sandow’s return to the bench cost Smith his place for the Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Centre Harvey Livett is a graduate of the club’s academy system and England age-group international for whom Tony Smith has high hopes.
“We recognise that Harvey has some real potential,” he said.
“He’s been training with the full-time squad and has been exceptional with his attitude.
“He’s earned his position in the squad and I can see him going on to have a good future with us.”
His status as a club legend secured over the course of over 350 appearances, 2017 is Ben Westwood’s 16th as a Warrington Wolf.
Transferred from Wakefield midway through the 2002 season, Westwood began his time in Cheshire as a pacey centre.
Having switched to the pack in 2005, the man nicknamed ‘Super Ben’ has never looked back, going on to become an England international.
Featuring for the Wolves at loose-forward, second-row and less frequently at prop forward, Westwood is renowned for his big-hitting antics in defence.
His ability to hit gaps and break the line is unparalleled – and Warrington have scored many try on the back of a quick Westwood play-the-ball.
Signed a new one-year contract for 2017 that will take him past his 36th birthday.