“I DON’T want to come here and be a passenger.”

Those were the words of Robbie Mulhern after he became Warrington Wolves’ latest new addition for the 2021 season.

The Wire had been looking for front-row reinforcements and in a move that went from start to finish very quickly, they identified the 26-year-old as their man.

Having spent the past five seasons fighting at the wrong end of the table with Hull Kingston Rovers, the England Knights international is determined to prove his worth to a team competing for honours.

The form that brought him to the attention of the national team came back in 2018 and with Mulhern saying he is “nowhere near the finished article,” can pulling on the primrose and blue unlock further levels to his ability?

“It just seems like a really good club and things look to be going in the right direction,” he told the Guardian.

“There’s some incredible players here and I believe it’s the best place for me to grow as a player.

“I still think I’ve been playing pretty well over the past couple of years.

“No disrespect to KR but it has been tough being at the bottom end of the table but it will be good to be in a team that’s up near the top.

“Hopefully I can show what I can do and I can show the boys and the fans what I can bring to this team.”

Warrington Guardian: Robbie Mulhern dons his new colours after signing a two-year deal to join The Wire from Hull Kingston Rovers. Picture: Warrington WolvesRobbie Mulhern dons his new colours after signing a two-year deal to join The Wire from Hull Kingston Rovers. Picture: Warrington Wolves

Once Mulhern had been picked out as someone The Wire thought could improve their pack, the recruitment machine quickly kicked into overdrive.

Terms were agreed – Warrington were happy to allow Luis Johnson to join Rovers in return for them releasing the former Leeds Rhinos man – and the speed of everything even took Mulhern by surprise.

“It’s all come around very quickly,” he said.

“Even in this short time though, everyone involved with the club has made me feel very welcome so I can’t wait to get started.

“From start to finish, the whole thing only took about a week. I got a call from my agent asking what my thoughts were about going over.

“It came as a bit of a shock to be honest as nothing was really going on before that.

“Within two or three days of that call, I was sat down with Steve Price and Karl Fitzpatrick and a few days later, the contract was signed.

“I’m in the process of looking at houses over there now and finding a decent spot to live in.

“I’ve only recently moved out of my parents’ house. I was a little bit closer by then so moving further away will be a challenge but its one I’m looking forward to.”

Once pre-season starts next month, Mulhern will find plenty of familiar faces at his new place of work.

He went on the England Knights tour to Papua New Guinea in 2018 with Jack Hughes, Joe Philbin, Toby King, Tom Lineham and Danny Walker while Knights head coach Paul Anderson heads up academy coaching at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

As well as looking forward to linking up with them, Mulhern is also aiming to pick up tips from two front-row colleagues he has fronted up to many times in the past.

“Chris Hill and Mike Cooper are two of the best props in the competition and have been for years,” he said.

Warrington Guardian: Robbie Mulhern in action against St Helens. Picture by SWPix.comRobbie Mulhern in action against St Helens. Picture by SWPix.com

“Being in and around them in training and games and seeing how they go about their business can only help me. I like to think I’m a good player but I know I’m nowhere near the finished article.

“I got on with all the boys on the Knights tour really well so it will be good to link up with them again.

“A few of them have messaged me since the news came out and the fans have been fantastic with their nice words as well. I already feel pretty settled.

“As a prop in Super League, you have to have that aggression. It’s a staple of being a forward at the top level.

“I’ll bring plenty of energy and I think of myself as a prop who is able to play those big minutes. At the same time, I’d like to think I can put a lot of quality out there.

“Hopefully I will get plenty of time out there to let my rugby do the talking.”