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Wolves full-back granted testimonial

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WARRINGTON Wolves full back Stefan Ratchford has been granted a 12-month testimonial by the RFL.

Ratchford, 33, has been at the Halliwell Jones Stadium since 2012, making 276 appearances for the club.

After joining from Salford, Ratchford has climbed to eighth on the list of the club’s all-time leading points scorers, with 1194 points from 83 tries, 430 goals and two drop goals.

He said: “It’s a massively proud moment for me to be given a Testimonial.

“When I signed for Warrington from Salford I moved from a club that was struggling at the bottom of the league to a successful club winning Challenge Cups so I really wasn’t sure at first how long I was going to be here – if it was just going to be one or two years. To be here now 11 seasons later, having enjoyed and been part of some incredible moments and still being able to pull on the shirt each week is a massive honour.

“I’ve been speaking to the Hilly [Chris Hill] and Coops [Mike Cooper] who’ve had Testimonials in recent years and, although they’ve had it tough because of restrictions brought on by the pandemic, they’ve still really enjoyed the events that they have been able to do and the support that the fans have given them.

“We’ve got some exciting events planned – a real mix that for everyone to attend. Hopefully the fans will get behind it and it can be a really enjoyable year on and off the pitch.”

During the next 12 months Ratchford will be raising funds for his chosen charities Joining Jack, Team Ted fundraising for Alder Hey Children’s hospital, Three Wishes and the Warrington Wolves Foundation through a series of initiatives and events.

The first event of the year will be a Q&A session in the Legends Lounge at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Wednesday 13 October, 6.30pm start, with a host of names including George Williams, Gareth Widdop and Greg Inglis. The official Testimonial kit will also be unveiled that evening.

Details on a Testimonial fixture in the build-up to the 2022 season will be announced in due course.

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