AS Ben Westwood gets set to make his 500th career appearance, teammate Stefan Ratchford hailed his achievement as phenomenal.

The 36-year-old is expected to be in the starting line-up against Wigan Warriors tomorrow, Friday, to hit the milestone and keep up his record of appearing in every match this season.

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By walking out at the DW Stadium, Westwood will be making his 425th Warrington appearance and Ratchford – a teammate since 2012 – says he cannot believe he has had such longevity.

He also backed the forward to play well beyond the end of this season, which Westwood has previously suggested would be his last in professional rugby league.

“When I first met Benny upon coming to the club, I thought having seen the way he plays that he must be an unbelievable trainer,” he said.

“Then you get on the field with him and you wonder how he even plays rugby. He is the worst trainer ever!

“For the way Benny plays the game, 500 games is just unbelievable.

“The way he’s gone this year and parts of last year, it wouldn’t surprise me if he did two more years.

“He’s just phenomenal.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Wire head coach Steve Price, under whom Westwood has been revitalised this season.

He was fulsome in his praise of the veteran and hailed the 27-cap England international as “an outstanding family man.”

“He’s an absolute legend of a guy, a really genuine person,” he said.

“He has really good values and he typifies what winning teams are about.

“He’s an outstanding family man and everyone at our club loves the big SBW.”

Before signing for The Wire in 2002, Westwood had made 40 appearances for Wakefield Trinity.

His stellar career has also seen him take in three non-internationals for England and he has appeared once each for England Knights, Yorkshire, Super League under 21s and England under 21s.