WARRINGTON Wolves have confirmed the signing of Swinton Lions ace Matty Ashton, who says his move to The Wire is “a dream come true.”

The outside back, who currently leads the Championship scoring charts with 23 tries in 22 appearances, has signed a two-year deal at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Ashton will remain with the Lions for the remainder of this season before joining up with Warrington ahead of the 2020 campaign.




Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors were believed to be interested in the 21-year-old, but The Wire have won the race for his services and have paid Swinton an undisclosed transfer fee.

Ashton, who can play at full-back or wing, feels Warrington is the right place for him to develop personally and professionally.

“It’s a dream come true to be able to get the chance to play full-time rugby league,” the former Rochdale Mayfield amateur said.

“Warrington is a massive club and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to building myself up both as a player and as a person.

“I can’t wait to get stuck into training and meet the lads."

Ashton is Wolves’ second confirmed recruit for 2020 alongside England international Gareth Widdop, who will join from St George Illawarra Dragons.

Head coach Steve Price is confident he and his coaching staff can help him become a top-drawer Super League player.

“Matty has been a consistent player throughout his first year in the Championship,” he said.

“He’s certainly got some wheels on him and knows his way to the try line.

“He’s a great young player with a lot of potential but he still has a lot to learn about the game.

“We’re confident we can turn him into a quality Super League player.”