DEPARTING George King is adamant The Wire will 'achieve something special' in 2019.

The 23-year-old, older brother of Warrington Wolves centre Toby, leaves the club for Wakefield Trinity without the fairytale ending he sought following the Super League Grand Final loss to Wigan at Old Trafford.

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“My feelings aren’t good, this is the fourth final I’ve lost at Warrington and it doesn’t get any easier that’s for sure," said the Ireland international, who featured off the bench in the title decider.

“Full credit to Wigan, they took their chances. I wish them all the best and enjoy it while they can because one day Warrington are going to get back to Old Trafford and they’re going to win it.

“It’s a shame, no fairytale ending for me, but I’m sure one day with the Warrington set-up with Steve Price, after coming on leap and bounds this year, this team now are destined to go on and do something special next year.”


George King feels the force of the Wigan Warriors defence in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. Picture: Mike Boden

He commented on why he believed The Wire finishing the season on a losing note.

“When you play finals footy, there’s key moments and I felt Wigan took their key moments better than us.

"You get certain moments in a game where you’ve got to take them. And I just felt we didn’t. We maybe panicked a little bit.

"We always knew it was going to be hard to crack a good Wigan outfit. We just didn’t take our chances.”

King's season will continue, as does his brother's.

While Toby's focus will switch to a Papua New Guinea tour with England Knights - alongside Wire teammates Jack Hughes, Tom Lineham, Joe Philbin and Harvey Livett - George will join Stuart Littler's Ireland squad along with clubmate Pat Moran for the European Championships.

Ireland will have matches against Scotland and France at Morton Stadium in Santry on October 27 and November 3 respectively, alongside a clash with Wales at Wrexham on November 11.

“I’ll have a couple days of reflection, have a good send-off with the Warrington boys over a few beers, and then it’s all guns blazing with Ireland to try and qualify for the next World Cup,” he said.

He will then have a break before starting pre-season training with his new club Wakefield.

King explained how the move from The Wire had come about.

“Warrington offered me a couple of years, but halfway through the season I just felt it was time for me and my family to move on," he said.

“I spoke with Chris Chester (Wakefield head coach), he sold me a vision, Wakefield are really doing something special, they’ve got some fantastic players, and hopefully I can go there and help them to achieve some success.”