Warrington Wolves shining light Matty Russell earns improved contract

Warrington Guardian: Matty Russell. Picture by Mike Boden Matty Russell. Picture by Mike Boden

SIX games into his Wolves career Matty Russell has secured an improved contract that will keep him at The Halliwell Jones Stadium until the end of 2017.

The 20-year-old, signed from Gold Coast Titans on initial two-year terms, is now on an enhanced deal for that period and has added two years.

It marks instant impact made by the Scotland international full back and highlights policy of promoting young talent as the way forward for the club.

“He’s been a real shining light and real spark within our team,” said Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith.

“He’s a fantastic carrier of the ball and exciting to watch.

“Matty has terrific footwork and he’s got good speed and evasive skills – stuff you like to watch.

“He puts people on their feet every time he gets the ball.”

Smith acknowledges Russell is not yet the finished product either.

“He’s developing other parts of his game and there’s a lot more to come from him,” he said.

The Wiganer is equally pleased with the club’s ambition and plans laid out to him by owner Simon Moran, but said he was unaware if there had been other interest in his services.

“My agent phoned me and said Warrington had been in touch, that they were interested in adding two years,” he said.

“It’s really positive. I’ve spoken to Simon and he’s wanting to bring all the youngsters through at Warrington and he’s got good ideas for the next few years.

“This year I’m looking to cement my spot and keep up some good form.”

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