Westwood signs new deal at Warrington

Ben Westwood has signed a new one-year deal until November 2017.

The 34-year-old has been a popular man of the terraces since 2002 and is the longest-serving player in the current squad.

The England international has made 374 appearances for the club, in which team he has won three Challenge Cup Final wins and appeared in the two Grand Finals at Old Trafford. He was also shortlisted for the annual Man of Steel accolade in 2012.

Head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said: “We are delighted for Ben to commit to the club for another year. He’s playing as good rugby in his maturing years as he ever has and he’s training better too; he’s really taken care of himself.

“Ben’s been a great servant to the club and we feel he’s got plenty left in him. He’s not ready to hand over that ‘Super’ title to young Ben Currie yet. He’s certainly living up to his reputation and playing really well. He’s doing a great job for us and he’s a pleasure to work with and is an important part of our team and culture here.”

Westwood added: “I am really excited. I am glad that we’ve got it sorted out pretty quickly. I have been a part of this club for such a long time and I would like it to go on a little bit longer yet. Super Bennie Currie can wait another couple of years can’t he?

“It’s been a great journey so far. There’s still one thing I haven’t won at this club so hopefully we can get that done. I’m still feeling pretty good. My body is still feeling alright and I’m confident that I can still add to the team; we’ll have to wait and see.”