10:30am Friday 6th February 2009
By Connor Murphy
BEN Westwood paid tribute to the Wolves supporters after being named Warrington Sports Personality Wolves Player of the Year.
The back row forward won the award, voted for by Warrington Guardian readers, after a stellar 2008, during which he gained a spot in the Super League Dream Team and made his World Cup debut with England.
And he was quick to show gratitude to the fans.
He said: “It’s always nice to win an award, especially when you are recognised by the fans.
“They come every week and watch us play so it’s a good feeling that they like me.”
Although Westwood reached many of his personal goals in 2008, the year ended disappointingly for Wolves, as they suffered a first-round exit in the Super League play offs against Catalans Dragons.
But that is something Westwood believes the club can put right in the forthcoming campaign.
He said: “I had a decent year in 2007 but didn’t quite make it into the World Cup so I set a goal for myself at the beginning of last season that I wanted to get into the team and have a go.
“I managed to do that so I was quite pleased with myself overall.
“As a team, it was hard. I know it’s not a great excuse but injuries played a massive part in last year.
“But we got some positives out of it, with the young lads coming through. It’s looking promising for Warrington Wolves in the next couple of years.”
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