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Can The Warrington Wolves Win The Grand Final This Year?

Can The Warrington Wolves Win The Grand Final This Year?

Friday 19 Jan 2018 8:21pm

The 2018 Super League campaign gets underway at the start of February and plenty of fans will be expecting an improved effort from the Warrington Wolves this year. With Tony Smith now out of the exit door, the Wolves will look to rebuild and challenge for the Super League crown with former St George Illawarra Dragons head coach Steve Price at the helm.

Looking at Warrington’s performances since 2009, last season was something of an anomaly – it was by far their worst year under Smith and a change was absolutely necessary. There is a positive feeling around the Halliwell Jones Stadium club ahead of the upcoming campaign and we could learn a lot from Warrington’s opening night result against Grand Final winners Leeds Rhinos.

Price acted quickly following his appointment, making deals to bring the experienced Bryson Goodwin and Ben Pomeroy to the club. The Wire faithful won’t be getting too carried away just yet but both players bring some much-needed experience to the squad and that is what Warrington have been lacking. A return to the top flight’s Super 8 stage must be the primary objective this year; from there, a Grand Final berth could be on the cards.

As of January 16th, Warrington are valued at around 7/1 to win the Grand Final and plenty of punters will be tempted by Oddschecker’s free bet offers - especially those who are still unsure about whether Price will make an instant impact or if it will take time for the Wire to get back to their brilliant best. Their recent win away at Rochdale Hornets gave little indication as to whether Warrington can compete at the top, for instance.

Tom Lineham will be well backed to finish as Super League’s top try scorer and the Wolves winger will need to take his chances if he is to inspire Warrington to a decent finish. Scoring points has never been a problem for the Wire until last season and Price will be demanding an attacking effort from his side throughout this year’s competition.

The likes of Leeds, Wigan Warriors, and Castleford Tigers will offer stiff opposition as the Wire attempt to bounce back after a year in the doldrums. However, this Warrington side are made of stern stuff and, with Price now in control of proceedings at the Halliwell Jones, the Wolves can get back to the top of the Super League ladder. Don’t write Warrington off just yet – only a fool would.