Wire hooker Michael Monaghan praises brother Joel

Joel Monaghan
Joel Monaghan has 23 Super League tries for Warrington this season

Warrington hooker Michael Monaghan has praised the role played by younger brother Joel in helping Wire to the Super League play-off semi-finals.

Questions were asked when winger Joel, 29, signed last December, following his off-field notoriety down under.

But, after last Friday's 47-0 win over Huddersfield, Monaghan Snr said: "He's come a long way in 12 months.

"This time last year it looked like his career could be over. Now he's one game away from the Grand Final."

Having already won the League Leaders Shield, Warrington now want to emulate Leeds in 2009 and Wigan in 2010 by also going on to win the Grand Final. And they started well enough with last Friday night's nine-try 47-0 demolition of coach Tony Smith's former club Huddersfield.

But the elder of the two Monaghan brothers insists that Wire simply have too much big game experience in their squad to fall into the complacency trap.

"We've a lot of experienced guys here that have played in big games and Grand Finals," said the 31-year-old Australian.

"We know we're going to have a tough game in two weeks and we're going to be ready for it.

"There won't be too much getting carried away and being too proud with what we've done.

"We're one game away from our goal and that's getting to Old Trafford, then another performance away from winning it."