CHRIS Hill swept the board at Warrington Wolves’ end of season awards to round off a remarkable week for the 24-year-old forward.

The former Leigh Centurions prop, who joined from the Championship club at the end of last season, won the club’s player of the season award, the players’ player of the season award and the Vice President’s award at the Halliwell Jones on Tuesday night.

For Wolves boss Tony Smith, it is a deserved accolade for a player who has hit the ground running in his debut Super League season.

“Chris has had an outstanding year and has been very consistent throughout,” said Smith.

“He is consistently improving and for a young man to make the transition from the Championship to the Super League in the hugely impressive manner in which he has is remarkable.

“The players, the coaching staff and anyone else who had a vote gave him the nod and he thoroughly deserved it.”

It was the icing on the cake for the young Wolves forward, as it came a day after England coach Steve McNamara had named him in the England Knights squad that will take on Ireland and Scotland in the Alitalia Cup later this year.

Smith reckons England fans will not have to wait long to see him promoted to the Elite training squad.

“England selection is a great reward and you could probably predict that he will be promoted into the Elite training squad soon if he continues in this way,” said the former England boss.

“He has taken it absolutely in his stride and though he has grown in confidence on the field, he has kept that in perspective off it and he has a great desire to learn and improve.”

Ryan Atkins was the other Wolves player to benefit from McNamara’s England reshuffle, joining teammates Garreth Carvell , Adrian Morley and Ben Westwood in the Elite training squad that will face France and Wales in the autumn Triangular tournament.



Warrington Wolves' Annual Awards Evening results

Players Player of the Year - Chris Hill

Player of the Year - Chris Hill

Vice Presidents Award - Chris Hill

U18s Player of the Year - Sean Henney

U20s Player of the Year - Brad Dwyer

Club Person of the Year - Mel Jones and Bradley Wood (groundsmen)

Foundation Community Award - Ryan Atkins and Chris Riley

Supporters Trust Committee Award - Chris Riley

Vice Presidents Award to mark his 400th appearance for the club - Lee Briers