Ratchford signs new Warrington deal despite NRL interest

Warrington Wolves star Stefan Ratchford has agreed a new and improved deal that will keep him at the club until November 2018 – despite interest from the NRL.

In a press release, the Wolves said: “The club is delighted to have secured Ratchford on this long-term contract on the back of recent interest and opportunities presented by the NRL.”

Head coach Tony Smith said: “To tie Stefan down for this length of time is fantastic news for the club. There’s no doubt a player of Stefan’s quality was getting attention from the NRL. His versatility is invaluable; in whichever position he is selected, he plays with a smile and does an outstanding job. He is a genuine match winner and can do special things. I’m delighted he’ll be continuing to do this in Warrington colours for many years.”

Ratchford added: “I’m really enjoying my time at Warrington and playing in Super League. We have an exciting squad here at the Wolves and I can only see it getting better with the new signings joining us for next season. We have a bit of unfinished business with the Grand Final and I’d love to win more with this group of lads. There are quite a few of us with long-term deals and it’s great that we will all be together for the next few years; it’s fantastic to be part of.”