TURBULENT TIGERS | Wests Tigers' 2016 season was... interesting.
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GRAHAM APPO 2 years - Contract length: November 2005
Graham Appo: "The club is definitely going places and I want to be part of that. I am enjoying my football and we have a good team going under Cull and that is my reasoning behind signing a two year deal."
Paul Cullen: "His form and versatility have been a revelation there is not another winger in Super League who could have done what he has at stand off."
BRENT GROSE 2 years - Contract length: November 2005 Brent Grose: "The future is good at Warrington and we are on the verge of being a consistent top team and I want to be part of it."
Paul Cullen:"Brent Grose has proven to be the find of the season from playing on the wing at Souths to centre at the Wolves he has earned a reputation for one of the classiest three-quarters in Super League."
NAT WOOD 2 years - Contract length: November 2005
Nat Wood:"Because I am very happy at Warrington and we are the most improved side of the year and I think there is definitely room for more next season. We are a club with potential and I want to be part of it."
Paul Cullen:"As tough and as smart as they come, his leadership eases the burden on Lee Briers and his ambition can take us to a Grand Final."
DARREN BURNS 1 year - Contract length: November 2004 Darren Burns:
"I enjoy it here, big turn around compared to last year, the club is going places with the new stadium, better again next year. I want to be at a club that is winning games and going somewhere. You enjoy your football when your winning and I am enjoying my footie at Warrington."
Paul Cullen: "A genuine playmaker whose versatility in the backrow is a valuable asset."
MARK GLEESON 2 Year - Contract length: November 2005
Mark Gleeson:"I am delighted to be part of something big under Cull anything is possible."
Paul Cullen:"Mark will mature in to one of the smartest dummy half runners in this competition, he has the potential for international honours."
WARREN STEVENS 2 year - Contract length: November 2005
Warren Stevens:"I have a lot of faith in Paul and have worked with him along time now, I have enjoyed the last season here and can't wait for next season in the new ground. It is going to be awesome."
Paul Cullen:"Warren has the potential to be one of the most talented ball players and offloaders in any front row at any club, as he matures we expect him to stake his claim of one of our first choice props."
PAUL NOONE 2 year - Contract length: November 2005
Paul Noone: "I have been at the club for 8 years now, as I signed when I was 14 and I have enjoyed my time here and want it to continue. Cull was my A team coach and I have learnt a lot from him and I respect his coaching. I think that we are going places and can get a lot further than the Elimination Play-Offs next season. The club is definitely going places with the new stadium and I want to be part of that."
Paul Cullen:"Paul has been great value this season in either the three quarters or the back row. He is as professional as any player that I have ever worked with and very ambitious. These are qualities that will serve him well.2
GARY HULSE 1 Year - Contract length: November 2004
Gary Hulse: "Because it is a club is going somewhere and I want to be on board."
Paul Cullen:"Gary has earned a new contract on merit and his ability to make impact at either dummy half or halfback, which gives me the options I will need to further our position next season."
DEAN GASKELL 2 Year - Contract length: November 2005
Dean Gaskell:"I love it here at the club, like everything about it. Nowhere else was an option for me, when Warrington made the offer I didn't even have to hesitate about signing. Paul Cullen brought a lot of honesty and a lot of hard work, all that comes out on the pitch through the players."
Paul Cullen:"This guy could become anything he wants to be. I thought Mark Hilton was the hardest trainer I have ever worked with until Dean Gaskell came along. He has forced his way into the first team and refuses to be displaced."
PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT:
Ben Westwood November 2004 Lee Briers November 2005 Jon Clarke November 2004 Mark Hilton November 2004 Ian Sibbit November 2004 Jerome Guisset November 2004 Matt Sturm November 2004 Daryl Cardiss November 2004 Jamie Durbin November 2004
Warrington Wolves are releasing Lee Penny, Rob Smyth, Nick Fozzard and Sid Domic.
Lee Penny has just completed his 11th season with the Wolves, unfortunately one dogged by injuries. Lee did complete his 100th career and club tries this season against Halifax in Round 26.
Rob Smyth has completed his 4th season with the club after a move from London Broncos at the end of Tetley's Super League V after an impressive month loan spell, scoring 4 tries on his debut against Huddersfield. Rob also featured in this year's Rugby 7's in Australia.
Paul Cullen on Lee Penny and Rob Smyth, "Their recent injury concerns should not discolour their contributions to this club. I would like to thank them for their efforts and fully expect a testing time when we come up against these two guys next year."
Nick Fozzard signed for the Wolves pre-season of Tetley's Super League VII after being out of the game for 18 months with injury, he came back at the start of the last season with a bang. Nick has added aggression to the pack and earned himself two caps for Yorkshire in the Origin Series 2002. Nick has signed for St Helens on a three year deal.
Paul on Nick Fozzard: "To play the volume of games Nick has in his two years at Warrington as a prop forward is remarkable. Nick has been great value for Warrington Rugby League Club and we sincerely wish him all the best for his future."
Paul on Sid Domic, "The overseas reduction has forced Sid's departure and he will leave a massive void to be filled. An absolute gentleman and competitor we are very sorry to see him go."