Ben Murdoch-Masila will leave Warrington at the end of the current season, after signing a deal with New Zealand Warriors.
The Warrington star, nicknamed ‘Big Ben’, began his career in the NRL, representing West Tigers and Penrith Panthers in Australia, before joining Super League with Salford back in 2016. Since 2018, Warrington has been his home, making 60 appearances and crossing for 19 tries in total, including an effort in the 2019 Challenge Cup Final.
Ben, who featured in an off-contract players article recently, has been heavily rumoured to rejoin the NRL after an destructive performance with Tonga, who famously fought Australia to a historic 16-12 victory in the off-season.
Speaking on Warrington’s website, Ben has explained the reasons behind his move: ‘I’ve always left the door open for the opportunity of an NRL comeback. When this opportunity came around I couldn’t say no to taking her home to meet mine and Roxy’s families.’
Warrington head coach, Steve Price, offered his thoughts: ‘Ben and I have been in regular dialogue with regards to the attention he has had from back home. We felt we put a good offer as a club to Ben but he felt it was time to go back to be closer to his family which I fully understand.’