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.
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.
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.
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.