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Warrington Wolves sign Joel Monaghan on one-year deal

Joel Monaghan
Monaghan has five caps for Australia

Warrington Wolves have signed former Australia international three-quarter Joel Monaghan on a one-year contract.

The 28-year-old resigned from Canberra Raiders after he was photographed in a compromising position with a dog at their end-of-season party.

"We are delighted to be signing Joel as players of his calibre do not become available too often," said Warrington Wolves head coach Tony Smith.

"Joel is a player we have considered signing in the past."

Monaghan, who will play alongside his elder brother Michael at the Halliwell Jones, had been in demand following his decision to spend 2011 away from Australia.

We also feel that it is absolutely the right time to stand by and support Joel and his brother Michael

Tony Smith

He had been courted by Castleford Tigers and Catalans Dragons before opting for Warrington.

Chris Hicks' decision to retire meant a space had become available in Tony Smith's squad, and the Warrington coach says the timing of Monaghan's arrival couldn't be better.

"The timing of this opportunity, along with Chris Hicks reconsidering his retirement, has meant it has all fallen into place for the best interests of all concerned," he said.

"We also feel that it is absolutely the right time to stand by and support Joel and his brother Michael and this will certainly enhance our squad for the season ahead," said Smith.

Monaghan won five caps for Australia, including in the 2008 World Cup final.

In addition, he played twice for New South Wales in State of Origin.



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