SAM Powell looks set to put pressure on Warrington Wolves’ existing hookers and half-backs after signing from his hometown club Wigan Warriors.

Powell, 31, has been brought in on a two-year contract and his versatility as well as his experience and leadership look to have attracted The Wire to snapping him up.

Warrington will be only his second professional club, having come through the Academy ranks at Wigan and spending the past 12 years in the first team.

In 284 games, he has become highly decorated – winning the World Club Challenge against Cronulla Sharks in 2017, the Super League Grand Final in 2016 and 2018 (both against Warrington) as well as 2023 against Catalans Dragons, plus the League Leaders’ Shield in 2012, 2020 and 2023.

He has also gained international recognition with England Knights.

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But now he will be starting a new chapter with a Warrington side that contains current England hooker Danny Walker, another hooking rival and new recruit in Brad Dwyer.

While in the halves he faces competition from current England skipper George Williams, experienced Australian Josh Drinkwater and up-and-coming hometown starlet Leon Hayes.

“It’s a massive change for me,” said Powell.

“As soon as Sam (Burgess) got in contact and said Warrington were interested I was excited about the opportunity.

“I know it’s going to be a big challenge. The quality of the squad at Warrington, and to work under Sam, is something I think is special.

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“I’m looking to bring my experience and leadership to the squad and help to guide the team when I’m on the field.

“Whenever I’ve played against Warrington in the past it’s always been a great atmosphere under the lights on a Friday night.

“To be a part of that each week now at The Halliwell Jones Stadium is something I’m really excited about. I can’t wait to meet everyone and get started.”