THE back five of our Warrington Wolves team of the decade is close to being complete.

Fans have been voting in their hundreds so far as we put together a dream team of players to have pulled on the primrose and blue jersey between 2010 and the present day.

This week, we have to choose our second flyer as the left wing spot is up for grabs.

It is a choice of three – two hometown heroes and a Yorkshireman who is finding himself increasingly at home in this part of the world…


Warrington born-and-bred, few took greater pride in pulling on the primrose and blue jersey than Riley.

An immensely popular figure with fans, the fair-haired winger provided his fair share of memorable moments in a Warrington shirt.

If you asked him, Woolston Rovers junior and former Penketh High School student Riley would surely put his try in the 2012 Challenge Cup Final as top of the lot after he played in the previous two Wembley victories without getting on the scoresheet.

When he left the club after the 2014 season had finished, his Wire record stood at an impressive 120 tries in 180 appearances.

He went on to play for Wakefield Trinity – the club he finished 2014 on loan with – and Rochdale Hornets before officially hanging up his boots in January of this year.

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Chris Riley celebrates The Wire's 2012 Challenge Cup Final win. Picture by Mike Boden


He may not quite have fulfilled the potential he had when he first burst onto the scene, but the jet-heeled Penny remains a cult hero among Wire fans.

Perhaps better known for his first spell at the HJ, Tony Smith brought Penny back to the club in 2014 after several years in the wilderness.

Injuries and form may have limited his chances but with ball in hand and open field in front of him, few if any could catch him.

In the early stages of the 2016 campaign, his left-edge combination with Chris Sandow, Ben Currie and Ryan Atkins looked frightening as The Wire threatened to steamroller the competition.

He found himself in and out of the team but returned at the end of the campaign to help them secure the League Leaders’ Shield.

Retirement followed after an injury-hit 2017 with his Wire record standing at 62 tries in 93 appearances.

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Kevin Penny's physics-defying finish against Leigh in the 2015 Challenge Cup. Picture by Mike Boden


Rest assured, “The Flying Pig” is a nickname that Lineham very much embraces.

While he may have a forward’s build, looks can be deceptive – the former Hull FC man features heavily at the top of every speed test The Wire do in training.

Add to that some robust yardage carries and the ability to go aerial when needed and you have a pretty well-rounded winger.

He started off on the right wing – the same position in which he played so impressively for the Black and Whites – before switching to the left ahead of the 2017 campaign.

Edge partnerships were formed first with Ryan Atkins and then Bryson Goodwin, and he was provided with his fair share of tries.

He has crossed 72 times in 106 appearances so far and with a new contract freshly signed to keep him at The Halliwell Jones Stadium for at least another two seasons, that number is only going to increase.

He is likely to have a new centre partner for 2020 following Goodwin’s departure and will hope for an equally potent link-up.

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Tom Lineham scores acrobatically against Toronto Wolfpack in 2018. Picture by Mike Boden