Wolves in the market for a prop

Karl Fitzpatrick has admitted Warrington remain in the market for a new prop, but he says they won’t be rushed into signing someone.

The Wolves have been looking for an extra forward to boost their options in the front row all off-season, but have so far failed to strike a deal for a player.

However, Fitzpatrick told League Express while those attempts have not yet ended, they will not be forced into showing their hand in the transfer market, even hinting at the possibility of a deal after the season has begun.

“Not at all,” he said when asked if the Wolves had definitely finished recruiting.

“We’re actively looking for a middle, yes, but we’re also quite well-stocked too. We’ve got Chris Hill (pictured), Mike Cooper, Joe Philbin and Sitaleki Akauola, and then the likes of Ben Murdoch-Masila, Jack Hughes and Jason Clark can all cover.

“I have to emphasise that it has to be the right deal for the club if we are to do anything. We’re going to keep our powder dry and wait for the right thing to materialise.”

Meanwhile, Fitzpatrick also revealed that the club will utilise their strong relationships with a number of Championship clubs in 2020 as well as their own reserve team.

Warrington do not yet have a dual-registration deal agreed – though Fitzpatrick admitted they are open to securing one – and he said: “We’ve got a good relationship with Leigh and Widnes. Leigh don’t have a reserve grade, for example, and any players that need game-time at the clubs, we can speak with them.”