Last season placing: 5th
Warrington Wolves recorded their lowest placing since 2009 last season by finishing 5th in the table and will be aiming to rectify that this year.
2014 was always going to be a season of transition for the Wolves after the losses of experienced players Lee Briers, Brett Hodgson and Adrian Morley. The fact that the team were only 80 minutes away from both Old Trafford and Wembley was arguably an over-achievement and a step in the right direction for a stronger 2015.
There is a lot of excitement around the Halliwell Jones Stadium about new signing Ashton Sims, especially after the big Fijian forward made his presence known and impressed throughout Warrington’s 16-0 pre-season win over rivals Widnes.
2014’s Steve Prescott Man of Steel winner Daryl Clark has been brought in to replace Michael Monaghan following the Australian’s retirement. Gary Wheeler is another addition after joining from St Helens as head coach Tony Smith looks to add versatility and strength in depth to his squad.
On the coaching side, former Hull FC and Wakefield head coach Richard Agar has joined the backroom staff as assistant coach.
Joel Monaghan was the leading try-scorer in the competition last season and another high scoring campaign from the winger could be vital in moving the Wolves towards the top of the table.
2014 saw a resurgence in form for Chris Bridge who will be looking to continue to be an influential figure in games this season; his testimonial year.
Michael Monaghan’s retirement is a huge loss for Warrington. The Wolves will certainly miss the hooker’s leadership, creativity and intelligence to read the game. There is a lot of pressure on Daryl Clark to fill Monaghan’s boots, but a challenge Wolves fans hope the youngster will step up to.
Story of 2015:
The aim for the Wolves in 2015 will be to reach the Super League and Challenge Cup finals with the hope of lifting some silverware. This will be no easy feat however with rugby league’s new era promising the most competitive season to date.
The only achievement to have eluded Tony Smith during his time as Warrington head coach is Grand Final glory, and is something the squad is capable of putting right this season.