It was rumoured in the off season but never came to fruition – but now it has.
Former Wigan Warrior Josh Charnley is back in rugby league and it has today been announced that Warrington Wolves have secured his signature on a deal until the end of 2020. Before crossing codes to union in 2016, Charnley had an envious try scoring record, scoring pretty much a try a game with the Cherry and Whites. Throw in his international record of scoring nine tries in eight England appearances and it is plain to see why the Wolves were so keen to recruit the 26 year old.
Handed the number 27 jersey, Charnley returns to Super League after making 32 appearances for Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership but, having failed to nail down a regular starting berth, the Chorley born flyer is delighted to return to the game where he made his name.
“I like this club. It’s a good club to be at, there’s a good culture here and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in with the lads and pushing for that top four spot,” he explained. “There wasn’t much persuasion needed. I know a few boys here who speak highly of this club so it wasn’t a tough decision to put pen to paper.”
His new coach Steve Price is also understandably delighted, saying “Josh is an exciting talent. I kept an eye on him for a number of years prior to him going to rugby union. He’s got electric speed and is a fantastic finisher. I feel he can bring something different to what we currently have at the moment.”
Charnley will be competing with the likes of Tom Lineham, Mitch Brown and Matty Russell for a starting jersey and is set to face his former team for the first time in Newcastle at Magic Weekend in May. His first return to the DW Stadium will be in early July.