New prop England ready for challenge after loss of Morley, Carvell and Cooper (From Warrington Guardian)
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New Warrington Wolves prop signing Anthony England ready for challenge after loss of Adrian Morley, Garreth Carvell and Mike Cooper
6:00pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Wolves news
FAR from being intimidated by his predecessors’ success, Warrington Wolves’ new signing Anthony England is looking at Chris Hill’s achievements as motivation to hit the ground running next year.
Finally confirmed this week after Warrington Guardian highlighted the move months ago, Anthony England’s transfer from Championship powerhouse Featherstone Rovers for an undisclosed fee is one part of Wolves’ plan to replace departing props Adrian Morley, Garreth Carvell and Mike Cooper.
“I’d never compare myself to Adrian Morley or Garreth Carvell, but they do give me something to aspire to,” said the 26-year-old from Dewsbury, who has signed a two-year contract.
“I had offers from several clubs but I looked at the opportunity I could have at Wolves with just those three players leaving, so that was probably one of my main inspirations.
“I definitely hope to walk the platform laid by Chris Hill’s move from the Championship.
“I take a lot of inspiration from what he has done, what I could achieve if I work hard enough.
“But I have a lot of hard work in front of me before I even think of anything like that.
“That is the carrot, if you like.”
There are big shoes to fill in Wolves’ pack right now and England is certainly large enough to fill them.
Standing at six feet five inches and playing at 114kg, Wolves boss Tony Smith is hopeful that preparation for Super League will make England an even more daunting physical prospect for opposition packs.
“Anthony is a really exciting prospect,” said Smith.
“He is a giant of a man and to put him in a full-time environment is exciting to see how he will progress.
“I think we will see some huge strides forward by Anthony in the next year and without putting the pressure or the ‘Chris Hill label’ on him, the fact that he has been training with us means he knows our culture, our attitude and will be ready to make an impact.”
England, who has been recovering from a shoulder reconstruction, is ready to take up the challenge, excited by the prospect of chasing titles.
“It means a lot to me, I have been playing rugby since I was 10 years old so to get to a club with the status that Warrington Wolves have got means the world,” he said.
“I consider myself a hard-working player and I like to think that I knuckle down and get on with things and I’m ready to do that here.”
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