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IT'S MY VIEW: Rovers prop looks set to switch
11:30am Thursday 8th August 2013 in Wolves news
WHILE official confirmation of who will and won’t be part of the Wolves squad in 2014 remains close to the chest of those running the show at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Anthony England looks to be a sure thing for primrose and blue next year.
The 26-year-old prop for Featherstone Rovers in the part-time Championship competition has been linked with Wolves for some time. He has been seen at Wolves’ training and at least one of their matches.
With front rowers Adrian Morley, Garreth Carvell and Mike Cooper all leaving at the end of the year – and hints from Bradford that rising talent Ben Evans could be having another season with them on loan – it is my view that Wolves need at least one more big boy to complement the arrival of Roy Asotasi.
England, who has had spells with Castleford, Dewsbury and Gateshead, has certainly caught the eye of Super League clubs with his consistent performances of the past two seasons, although he is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Fans will remember the approach taken with Chris Hill, who was brought into the full-time professional environment for a spell before his signing from Leigh Centurions was confirmed in 2011.
He excelled and continues to do so. And Alex Walmsley’s transition from Batley Bulldogs to St Helens this year has once again shown there is talent to be developed in the lower leagues.
We do know now that Matty Blythe will not be coming back to Wolves.
He is on loan to Bradford this season and had terms with Warrington until the end of 2014, but he has announced a permanent three-year deal with Bulls.
Blythe has been effective for Bradford as a centre or back rower this year and taken on the mantle of being one of the team’s leaders.
I think there have been times this season when Wolves could have done with his services in the centre, as his presence could have allowed Simon Grix to stick in the pack when the likes of Chris Bridge or Ryan Atkins have been injured.
The competition for places cost him game time with Wolves, and I can’t blame him for wanting an improved chance of week-to-week rugby.
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