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
Matty Russell in Wire colours, first time around (Image: Newsquest)
2 Right wing: Rick Thackray
Rick Thackray, far left on the back row (Image: Eddie Whitham)
3 Right centre: Toa Kohe-Love
Toa Kohe-Love in his second spell with Warrington Wolves (Image: Mike Boden)
4 Left centre: Ben Pomeroy
Ben Pomeroy had two brief spells with The Wire (Image: Mike Boden)
5 Left winger: Kevin Penny
Kevin Penny looking for an opportunity to exploit (Image: Mike Boden)
6 Stand-off: Richie Mathers
Richie Mathers saluting the Warrington Wolves faithful (Image: Mike Boden)
7 Scrum-half: Greg Mackey
A Greg Mackey try on debut for Warrington at Wigan (Image: Eddie Fuller)
8 Prop: Dave Chisnall
Dave Chisnall giving it large after scoring a try in his second spell with Warrington Wolves (Image: Eddie Fuller)
9 Hooker: Roby Muller
Roby Muller, third from left on the back row (Image: Eddie Whitham)
10 Prop: Mark Hilton
Mark Hilton on the charge for Warrington Wolves (Image: Mike Boden)
11 Right second-row: Mike Wainwright
Second time around in Wire colours for Mike Wainwright (Image: Mike Boden)
12 Left second-row: Ian Sibbit
Ian Sibbit's two periods with Warrington Wolves sandwiched a spell at Melbourne Storm in Australia (Image: Mike Boden)
13 Loose-forward: Mike Cooper
Passion on show from home town player Mike Cooper (Image: Mike Boden)
Sub: Warren Stevens
Early days at Warrington Wolves in the career of Warren Stevens (Image: Mike Boden)
A couple who quit the UK to retire early in Lanzarote say they are now "living the dream" mortgage-free in the sun. Helen and Stephen Walker decided to take the plunge after a horrid year in which three people close to them died. They quit their property business, sold their three-bed semi in Cosby, Leics., and relocated to Yaiza, a town on the Canary island. Helen, 56, and Stephen, 55, are now financially free and spend their days exploring and relaxing. They say they'd never have been able to retire in the UK at their age - but life is much cheaper in Lanzarote. Helen said: “We’re living the dream. We never got a break at home. “We could never afford to take early retirement in the UK." Helen and Stephen rarely went on holiday as they were self-employed. And, even when they were away, they’d be answering phone calls and messages. But one year Helen convinced Stephen to come away on holiday to Lanzarote 0 and they fell in love with the place. She said: “We came to Lanzarote and loved it so much. “We were walking straight out to sea and he turned around and said 'I could live here'. “I said I could live here as well.” With Brexit in motion, Helen and Stephen then had to act fast if they wanted their dream to become a reality. They became more determined to go for it after losing three friends and family members in one year. Helen said: “We lost three people in that year. We thought 'We need to do it now. “We can’t think about the kids here – we’re going before grandchildren. Otherwise we’d never do it.” They found it hard to leave their children behind but their youngest daughter, Kate Walker, now 22, went to live with their son James Sorrell, 29. Helen said: “We put the house on the market. “In December 2019 we travelled all down the island looking at where we wanted to live. “We found a newbuild in Yaiza and thought ‘this is the place’.” The couple sold their UK home for £225k, and bought the three-bedroom Lanzarote property for £220k. They moved out in January 2020 and purchased the empty property in February – before lockdown hit in March. Helen said: “Luckily we had the kitchen done before lockdown.”. The pair have since spent around €40k renovating their home in Lanzarote – and have no mortgage and low bills. They were shedding out £650-a-month on a mortgage, and £230 for their gas, electric and water bills in the UK. Helen said: “There’s no mortgage and no finance. It’s a lot cheaper here to live. I could never retire in the UK.” The retired couple spend their days going on walks around the island, going for a coffee and lunch together and having chilled evenings in front of the TV. They go out for food or drinks when friends are visiting and around once a week together. Helen said: “Our fitness is fantastic. We do 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. “We travel around the island. We can travel from one end of the island to the other in 45 minutes. “My view is the Timanfaya national park. The language barrier is a problem sometimes but we’re learning Spanish.” Helen has “no regrets” but does miss her kids. She said: “It’s just lovely but I miss my children. Taking my kids to the airport after a visit is the hardest thing. “I cry and cry. But we’re only a four hour flight away.” Helen said Lanzarote has now become a home for the couple. She said: “We’re never bored. There’s always something to do. This is my home.”
Patrick Cantlay's caddie Joe LaCava apologised to Rory McIlroy before Sunday's Ryder Cup singles for his behaviour on Saturday which enraged the European star, according to US media reports.The American had also brushed off media reports that he was protesting against the lack of pay for players at the Ryder Cup by not wearing a cap.
Rory McIlroy was at the centre of a furious row as emotions boiled over at the Ryder Cup in Rome.McIlroy and teammate Matt Fitzpatrick lost their fourball match to Patrick Cantlay’s dramatic long putt on the 18th green, and the Northern Irishman was visibly unhappy with Cantlay’s caddie, Joe lacava, who celebrated wildly towards European fans who had been teasing his player all day, and the two had tense words as they shook hands.Sky Sports Golf