24th January 2021, 19:23 | Warrington
Warrington Wolves have agreed a four-year contract extension with Joe Philbin which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2024 season.
Philbin – who has been at the club since he was 15 – has already made 136 appearances for Warrington. The forward played in both the 2018 Challenge Cup and Betfred Super League Grand Final defeats before winning silverware with the Wolves in 2019 following a Challenge Cup Final victory over St Helens.
The Latchford Albion junior featured in both games for England Knights in their 2018 tour of Papua New Guinea before touring with Great Britain Rugby League a year later and going up against New Zealand and the Kumuls once again.
On his decision, Philbin said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to sign a new contract with the club.
“Every single game in which I run out at the Halliwell Jones I never take for granted. It makes it that little bit more special that I’ve been brought up in this town to now sign a long-term deal with the club.
“I still see myself as one of the younger lads but I’m getting older now at 26 and want to develop more into a leader around the boys. We’ve got a really exciting crop of young players coming through and it’s one of my jobs now to lead them into becoming better players.
“I want to continue brining the best version of myself into training each day, to keep improving myself and I know that if I do that and everyone has that mindset, we’ll be successful.”
Warrington Wolves boss Steve Price added: “I’m delighted that Joe has signed a new long-term deal with his hometown club.
“He’s a very popular member of our playing squad and is held in high regard by all of his teammates and coaches. He is continually growing as a player and as a leader within our football team.
“He’s one of our own, a local junior who came through our system who loves the club. For him to commit his long-term future to Warrington is great for our town.
“There’s still plenty more to come from Joe and I’m looking forward to seeing his continued development in the years to come.”