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WARRINGTON Wolves talisman Ben Westwood has been given a one year contract extension by the club for the 2018 season.
Westwood, who joined the club from Wakefield in 2002, is Warrington’s longest serving player.
His career was transformed in 2005 when he switched from centre to second row forward becoming one of the top tacklers in the game.
Westwood, who turned 36 this year, is a former club captain and a fans favourite for his no nonsense tough tackling 110 per cent commitment.
Earlier this season he celebrated his 400th appearance for the club.
Westwood said: “It’s fantastic news. I am over the moon to be staying. It’s been going on for a while so I’m glad it’s now sorted and I am really looking forward to next year. I’ve still got some goals I need to achieve at this club; I think you all know the main one is the Grand Final win and I really do believe that this club can do it.
“You can’t beat experience in my eyes. I didn’t say that when I was younger but now I’m older I think experience plays a big part in the way you play. I’d like to think I’ve got bags of that and can still offer something to the team. I honestly believe I can still do a job at a good standard and for as long as I feel I can do that I’ll always put my hand up.
“I’ll know when I’m ready to retire and it’s not the time yet. When that time comes around I’ll let you all know and we can celebrate the life of Super Bennie Westwood at Warrington Wolves.”
Head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith added: “I’m delighted that Bennie Westwood has secured yet another contract with us. He’s certainly worked hard this year and as hard off the field as I’ve seen. He’s had a little bit of injury but came through that. He’s shown his versatility as well as his strengths enough for him, and the club, to feel that there’s more left in the tank for next year. He’ll certainly play a significant role within the club both on and off the field as a person and a player. He is a pleasure to coach.”