Stefan Ratchford: Warrington Wolves half-back extends contract

Stefan Ratchford
Ratchford came through the academy at Salford before his move to Warrington

Stefan Ratchford has signed a new contract with Warrington Wolves and has extended his deal until 2018.

The versatile 26-year-old half-back joined from Salford in 2012 and has become an integral part of the team.

Ratchford had been attracting interest from NRL clubs in Australia but has committed himself to Warrington.

"We have an exciting squad here at the Wolves and I can only see it getting better with the new signings joining us for next season," said Ratchford.

"There are quite a few of us with long-term deals and it's great that we will all be together for the next few years; it's fantastic to be part of."

Stefan Ratchford
Ratchford (left) pictured with Chris Hill after the winning the Challenge Cup in 2012

His ability to play in different positions has seen him play full-back, centre and loose forward during the campaign and he kicked three goals as Wolves beat Widnes in the Super League play-offs.

Ratchford won the Challenge Cup in his first season at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and was part of the team that reached the Super League Grand Final in 2012 and 2013.

"There's no doubt a player of Stefan's quality was getting attention from the NRL," head coach Tony Smith told the club website.external-link

"His versatility is invaluable in whichever position he is selected, he plays with a smile and does an outstanding job.

"He is a genuine match winner and can do special things."