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Warrington Wolves prop Paul Wood sees no other club in his future
PAUL Wood wants to end his career with Warrington Wolves after securing a new two year deal.
The contract extension has left the 31-year-old – linked with a move to hometown club Wigan earlier in the year – ready to see out his playing days in primrose and blue.
He said: “I’m definitely pleased because I’ve played all my career at Warrington. I’d like to finish my career at the club and I think it would be a good achievement to do that. I get on well with Tony Smith and I’ve got some good mates here so I wanted to stay.”
Wood made his debut for Wolves as a substitute in September 2000 against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
The prop forward made his first full appearance a year later, in a league clash at Leeds Rhinos.
Since then he has racked up 146 starts and 177 games as a substitute, featuring in the Challenge Cup victories in 2010 and 2012 after missing the 2009 triumph over Huddersfield through injury.
Despite heading into next season as the most experienced member of the pack, and with the departures of Adrian Morley and Garreth Carvell looming, Wood says he does not feel the need to take on any extra responsibility because of the maturity shown by young players in the first team.
He said: “With Moz and Garreth leaving it may be I have a bit more responsibility on me as a senior player.
“I don’t see it as extra responsibility because I see myself as still a young kid.
“I’ll give guidance to the younger players if they ask but it’s not something I really think about.
“We advise each other with the young lads giving as much advice to us as we do to them.
“We try to pass on our experience and they push us in training, so we all mingle really well.”
And Wood heralded the imminent arrival of former New Zealand captain Roy Asotasi.
“We’ll miss Moz as a leader and his physical presence is a massive thing, but with Asotasi coming in that will help,” he said.
“I’ve seen him play and always thought he was a tough player.
“He has a good physical presence on the pitch and has obviously got ability.
“Everyone will expect big things from him and he will have big boots to fill.”
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