Despite recent rumours to the contrary, Warrington Wolves have today confirmed that academy graduate Declan Patton has penned a new deal until 2020.
Speculation in recent weeks suggested that the 23-year-old was set to move on once his old deal expired at the end of this season and a move to rivals Wigan Warriors was mooted. However, shortly after head coach Steve Price confirmed his desire to keep the young half-back at the Wolves, the former Latchford Albion junior penned a new deal.
Speaking the day before their recent Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter final victory over the Warriors – a match in which Patton scored the final try – Price expressed his belief that the player was performing well. “Dec is in a really good head space at the moment,” he said, continuing that “he’s really enjoying his footy and has been giving us a different dimension off the bench.” Indeed, recent weeks have seem Patton feature as an interchange, often making an impact at dummy-half, as such offering Price a further element of versatility – a quality every manager craves in his players.
Having made fifty-five appearances for Warrington since his 2015 debut, Patton will be hoping to build on that figure in a big way after resolving his future. Speaking after the announcement of his new deal, he was understandably delighted. “I love being here at Warrington. I’ve played my whole career here so it’s something I didn’t want to let go of. It’s taken a while but I’m really glad to have signed now. It gives me a bit of an extra buzz because I’m from the town too,” he explained.
His signature on his new deal came days after he crossed for a try in last weekend’s match against Wigan in a 23-0 Challenge Cup victory, exorcising the demons of his missed drop-goal against the same team at the same stage in 2017’s competition. The Wolves will face Leeds in the semi-finals in August but face a test against Castleford this Friday in Super League as they aim to further strengthen their hold on third place in the table as they play host to the team who sit just two points behind them. Warrington won the previous contest between the two 18-6 in a rain-sodden encounter at Wheldon Road in early April.