Chris Hill: Warrington Wolves and England prop extends contract

England prop Chris Hill has signed a new contract that will keep him with Warrington Wolves until the end of the 2019 season.

The 26-year-old has extended the existing deal he agreed in October.

Warrington confirmed there had been interest in Hill from Australia's NRL but he has chosen to stay in England.

To secure Chris for a further five-and-a-half years is not only a coup for Warrington but a real boost for Super League

Warrington coach Tony Smith

"There was a lot of discussion but this is the right decision for me and my family. I love it here at Warrington," Hill told BBC Radio Manchester.

Hill, capped eight times by England, has played 85 times for Warrington since joining from Championship side Leigh in 2012 and won the Challenge Cup as well as appearing in Grand Final defeats in the past two seasons.

He could have joined fellow Englishmen such as Sam Tomkins, James Graham, Lee Mossop and former Warrington team-mate Mike Cooper in Australia, with union-bound Sam Burgess and his brothers George, Thomas and Luke also playing in what is widely regarded as the sport's premier competition.

Hill 'maturing' with Warrington

Warrington coach Tony Smith says Hill's decision to stay is a "real boost" for the domestic game.

"Chris is a fantastic asset for Warrington Wolves. Since joining the club he has progressed to be one of the best British players in the game," Smith said.

"Due to Chris's performances at both club and international level, it comes as no surprise that there was interest from the NRL. To secure Chris for a further five-and-a-half years is not only a coup for Warrington but a real boost for Super League."

Hill started his club's first 17 Super League matches in 2014 before being rested for their home victory against Bradford on Sunday.

He will be joined by fellow prop Ashton Sims at Warrington next season after the Fiji international agreed a move from NRL side North Queensland Cowboys.