STEVE Price says Warrington Wolves will be taking Government and Rugby Football League protocols very seriously when the players return to training on Monday, July 20.

“We’re in the process of going through our protocols at the moment. It’s going to be very strict when we do return on the 20th," said The Wire's head coach.

"There’ll be tight restrictions, especially the first week, in terms of how we train in a number of small groups and with the testing, how we go around our weights and wiping down equipment.

"We’ll be a club that will be very stringent in that regard and we take as a high priority the protocols that the Government have outlined through the sport.”

Price and his coaching staff are planning a two-week mini pre-season for his players when they return to group training, leaving a week as well to lead into the first game back – on Saturday, August 8 – since the win at Hull FC on March 12, a break of 149 days between matches.

He said: “We can’t wait to get back to work and get among each other, have a bit of banter because we’ve missed that among each other, and getting back to playing rugby and putting smiles on people’s faces."

Price is confident Jack Hughes and Matty Ashton will be available for selection the first week back, following the injuries they were sidelined with earlier this year. And Luis Johnson should be ‘there or thereabouts’ too.