A 'dream team' of players that Wire signed twice

Greg Mackey looks to escape the clutches of Wigan's Shaun Edwards <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>
Greg Mackey looks to escape the clutches of Wigan's Shaun Edwards (Image: Newsquest)

THIS week’s re-signing of Matty Russell has left a good number of Warrington Wolves fans asking about players who The Wire have recruited twice.

Scottish international winger Russell first joined Wolves for the 2014 season as a full-back and left in 2018, but yesterday head coach Daryl Powell made him the club’s sixth new capture for the 2023 campaign.

There are more Wire two-timers than some people may think and Warrington Guardian sports editor Mike Parsons has put this dream team together of players who the club signed twice during their careers.

He could not recall a specialised hooker to have had two chances with The Wire, but remembers the number nine he has chosen having played in the position for the A team on occasions due to his adaptability.

This ‘dream team’ is not meant to be a complete list, so if there’s other players you can recall having two spells or more in primrose and blue then feel free to post their names in the comments section below - they will help to fill the bench that is currently three players short.

Wire two-timers 'dream team':

1 Full-back: Matty Russell

Warrington Guardian: Matty Russell in Wire colours, first time around
Warrington Guardian: Matty Russell in Wire colours, first time around

Matty Russell in Wire colours, first time around (Image: Newsquest)

2 Right wing: Rick Thackray

Warrington Guardian: Rick Thackray, far left on the back row
Warrington Guardian: Rick Thackray, far left on the back row

Rick Thackray, far left on the back row (Image: Eddie Whitham)

3 Right centre: Toa Kohe-Love

Warrington Guardian: Toa Kohe-Love in his second spell with Warrington Wolves
Warrington Guardian: Toa Kohe-Love in his second spell with Warrington Wolves

Toa Kohe-Love in his second spell with Warrington Wolves (Image: Mike Boden)

4 Left centre: Ben Pomeroy

Warrington Guardian: Ben Pomeroy had two brief spells with The Wire
Warrington Guardian: Ben Pomeroy had two brief spells with The Wire

Ben Pomeroy had two brief spells with The Wire (Image: Mike Boden)

5 Left winger: Kevin Penny

Warrington Guardian: Kevin Penny looking for an opportunity to exploit
Warrington Guardian: Kevin Penny looking for an opportunity to exploit

Kevin Penny looking for an opportunity to exploit (Image: Mike Boden)

6 Stand-off: Richie Mathers

Warrington Guardian: Richie Mathers saluting the Warrington Wolves faithful
Warrington Guardian: Richie Mathers saluting the Warrington Wolves faithful

Richie Mathers saluting the Warrington Wolves faithful (Image: Mike Boden)

7 Scrum-half: Greg Mackey

Warrington Guardian: A Greg Mackey try on debut for Warrington at Wigan
Warrington Guardian: A Greg Mackey try on debut for Warrington at Wigan

A Greg Mackey try on debut for Warrington at Wigan (Image: Eddie Fuller)

8 Prop: Dave Chisnall

Warrington Guardian: Dave Chisnall giving it large after scoring a try in his second spell with Warrington Wolves
Warrington Guardian: Dave Chisnall giving it large after scoring a try in his second spell with Warrington Wolves

Dave Chisnall giving it large after scoring a try in his second spell with Warrington Wolves (Image: Eddie Fuller)

9 Hooker: Roby Muller

Warrington Guardian: Roby Muller, third from left on the back row
Warrington Guardian: Roby Muller, third from left on the back row

Roby Muller, third from left on the back row (Image: Eddie Whitham)

10 Prop: Mark Hilton

Warrington Guardian: Mark Hilton on the charge for Warrington Wolves
Warrington Guardian: Mark Hilton on the charge for Warrington Wolves

Mark Hilton on the charge for Warrington Wolves (Image: Mike Boden)

11 Right second-row: Mike Wainwright

Warrington Guardian: Second time around in Wire colours for Mike Wainwright
Warrington Guardian: Second time around in Wire colours for Mike Wainwright

Second time around in Wire colours for Mike Wainwright (Image: Mike Boden)

12 Left second-row: Ian Sibbit

Warrington Guardian: Ian Sibbit's two periods with Warrington Wolves sandwiched a spell at Melbourne Storm in Australia
Warrington Guardian: Ian Sibbit's two periods with Warrington Wolves sandwiched a spell at Melbourne Storm in Australia

Ian Sibbit's two periods with Warrington Wolves sandwiched a spell at Melbourne Storm in Australia (Image: Mike Boden)

13 Loose-forward: Mike Cooper

Warrington Guardian: Passion on show from home town player Mike Cooper
Warrington Guardian: Passion on show from home town player Mike Cooper

Passion on show from home town player Mike Cooper (Image: Mike Boden)

Sub: Warren Stevens

Warrington Guardian: Early days at Warrington Wolves in the career of Warren Stevens
Warrington Guardian: Early days at Warrington Wolves in the career of Warren Stevens

Early days at Warrington Wolves in the career of Warren Stevens (Image: Mike Boden)