Englishman heads home after a stint with the Titans

Matt Russell

He came over for a stint in the Holden Cup competition and enjoyed it but as his career progresses, so too does the teams keeping an eye on him and for utility back Matt Russell, he has been snapped by the Warrington Wolves, who have signed him on a 2-year deal.

Russell, who enjoyed a decent stint with the Titans NYC side was named in Scotland side for the Rugby League World Cup, as he thanked the Titans for his time at the club but knows it was the right move to take the next step in his career.

“I’d like to thank the Gold Coast Titans and their fans for the last year involved at the club,” said Russell.

“It was a great experience and I loved it, but I missed my family and felt it was the right time to come home.

“Best of luck to the Titans for the next few years ahead and thanks for the last year at the club.”

For the Wolves, they are excited to have signed the talented utility back, as coach Tony Smith looks forward to his desire to play, his eagerness and his development and improvement, especially after his stint with the Titans.

I’m excited about Matty coming back to the UK after a stint at the Gold Coast in Australia and I think he’ll come back a much better player than when he left – and he was already a very good player,” said Smith.

“I’m excited about him; he’s young and very, very talented.

He’s eager to learn and improve and he fits the mould that we are looking for in Warrington. We don’t bring many in and they’ve got to be of high quality.

He’s got a great attitude and I really look forward to working with him.”

For Russell himself, the move to the Wolves was the right one for him moving forward and knowing a few of the players at the club, they made his decision easier.

“Tony was really positive about 2014 onwards when I spoke to him,” said Russell.

“I know a few of the lads already and they all say positive things about the club.

It was a good culture in Australia and I’ve trained and played with arguably the best in the world, which has helped me as a person too. I’ve kept up-to-date with the Super League and look forward to getting back into it but not the cold weather!

I’m really looking forward to my two years – and maybe more – at Warrington under Tony Smith.”

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