Josh McGuire ready to take on leadership role at new club Warrington

Josh McGuire. PA Images Credit: Alamy
Josh McGuire. PA Images Credit: Alamy

Josh McGuire says he is ready to help lead his new side Warrington for their 2023 Super League campaign following his move from Australia. 

The 32-year-old joins with more than 250 games worth of experience in the NRL, as well as representing Samoa, Australia and Queensland during his career Down Under.

He makes the move to Wire on a two-year deal, hoping to lead his new club to a successful year following a disappointing 2022.

Daryl Powell’s side finished 11th during his first year in charge, and the head coach has since made plenty of changes to his squad ahead of the 2023 campaign.

Alongside Paul Vaughan, McGuire makes the move from Australia and is ready to bring his experience to the Halliwell Jones Stadium. 

Josh McGuire on leadership role at Warrington

“I think leadership comes with the job with the more football you play,” McGuire told Love Rugby League. 

“It’s important to pass on those things to people. Just to teach little things to the younger guys. 

“If I can pass on anything and help out in any way to make their football better, it’ll help me as well and the club and our team and we’re going to have success which at the end of the day is what we want.”

Despite having one of the strongest squads on paper ahead of the new year, McGuire insists his side cannot get carried away and must do the business on the field.

Sam Kasiano, Gil Dudson, Matty Russell and Josh Drinkwater all also make the move for the 2023 season.

“I’ve been a part of a lot of good teams on paper that haven’t gone too well,” McGuire explained.

“There’s a lot of hard work to be done. On paper, we definitely look good and we have a very strong squad. 

“It’s important for all of us to buy into what we want to do here, culturally and effort and playing a good brand of football that is aggressive and competitive. 

“At the end of the day, what’s written on that piece of paper doesn’t count for much at the end of the game. However, it definitely makes it easier to have a great calibre of players around you, bouncing ideas off each other and how you want to play the game.”

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