Ashton back in the playing mix

Matty Ashton is more than happy with Warrington’s busy schedule as he returns to action following an ankle injury.

The former Swinton fullback was among the interchanges as the Wolves won 26-6 at Huddersfield on Thursday to stay third in Super League.

After their big home clash with St Helens tonight (Monday), Warrington have a Magic Weekend meeting with Wigan on Sunday.

Then comes a home date with Salford on Saturday, September 11 before an intriguing final match of the regular season at Castleford on Friday 17.

Ashton, who featured for the first time in three months when Warrington went down 28-22 at Wakefield before bouncing back against Huddersfield, said: “I’m happy to have got some minutes under my belt, and I obviously want more.

“It’s been tough time through the injury. It was really disappointing to do ankle ligaments. But I’ve got through it and I’m raring to go now.

“It’s good for me to have a few games coming up, and while the turnarounds are short, you can cope by being professional.

“It’s the stuff off the field that will get you through a busy fixture list. You’ve got to train well before the first game and then get your recovery right, sleep right and get ready to go again. It is what we’re paid to do.”

Warrington coach Steve Price hailed Castleford-bound Jake Mamo, the Australian back who scored two tries against his former club Huddersfield.

“He’s a real strong lad who’s enjoying his football. He’s been great for us this season and I feel there is still more to come,” he explained.

“Jake’s been one of the form centres of the competition and I’ve been really pleased with him defensively too. It was a shame he couldn’t get the hat-trick, but it was a good display.

“He brings that X factor and that high energy that we love. It’s important that he continues to do that so he can become the best player we know he can be.”

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