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‘Deep squad’ could mean silverware for Warrington, says Monaghan

| 12.02.2015

Warrington, last year’s Super League semi-finalists, have assembled a squad that could go all the way this year, according to captain Joel Monaghan.

The Aussie centre is under no illusions as to what the ultimate aim is for Super League XX and claims that the blend of youth and experience at the Halliwell Jones Stadium will make his side real contenders.

Talking to Ladbrokes News, Monaghan lays out his goals for the season and pinpoints some young players to keep an eye on.

What would be a successful season for Warrington in Super League XX?

I think we’ve bought some good players and strengthened the squad well. We want to be playing for trophies this season. We came up short last year so we’re looking to do a bit better.

If you could pick any other Super League player to sign for Warrington this year who would you pick and why?

I think Sean O’Loughlin just for his experience. When he’s not playing they struggle. He’s got that respect around the club and in the game as a whole so I think he’d be great for us.

Who will be the next big thing at Warrington?

We’ve got a lot of young players actually in what is a deep squad. All the younger players have got a bit of a taste of Super League now but coming through there’ s a fella called Declan Patton at half back who could go well.

If Ladbrokes gave you a free £100 bet (other than Warrington) to win the Super League who would pick and why?

I’d go Catalan I think. They’ve signed well and I think you’d get some pretty good odds.

Ladbrokes are the proud new sponsors of the Challenge Cup, what is your favourite memory of the competition?

It has to be when we won in 2012. That was my first experience of the competition. I remember the Wolves team that won it a couple of years before but obviously winning it is my best memory since I’ve been in England.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.