Change afoot at Warrington

Warrington Wolves have signed Hull KR centre Greg Minikin on a two-year deal to start next season, while confirming stalwart international prop and former captain Chris Hill will leave for Huddersfield Giants after ten years in primrose and blue.

The move for Minikin reunites the 26-year-old England Knights international with his former Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell, who is joining Warrington on a three-year contract.

Minikin, who rejected Rovers’ offer of a one-year contract extension, played for Castleford between 2016-19, having started at York City Knights. He has also had a loan stint at Batley Bulldogs
Born in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, he has 77 career tries.

“Warrington’s a big club,” he said. “I worked under Powelly for four years at Castleford and he gave me the opportunity to play Super League and developed my game a lot so I’m excited to work under him again.”

The Wolves have also signed Castleford duo, second rower Oliver Holmes and versatile back Peter Mata’utia, and Featherstone Rovers prop James Harrison.

Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick said: “We’re excited to be welcoming Greg to the club.

“He’ll add a lot of value and experience around the squad. He’s a versatile player who can play a number of key positions and will strengthen Daryl’s options.

“He certainly knows his way to the try-line and we’re looking forward to seeing him represent the Wire.”

Rovers coach Tony Smith said: “I’d like to wish Greg well for the next part of his career and thank him for his contributions whilst at Hull KR.

“It hasn’t been an easy time for him by any means. He’s had a stop-start time with us due to some injuries, but he’s been a pleasure to work with.”

Hill, 33, is aiming to mark his final season at Warrington with a fifth Grand Final appearance with the club, who close their regular-season fixtures at Castleford on Thursday having beaten Salford Red Devils 20-19 on golden point on Saturday.

He has also featured in four Challenge Cup Finals, two of them victorious, and had a testimonial against his first club Leigh Centurions in March.

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