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Warrington capture top-class trio

Richie Myler
Myler began his career with Widnes but rejected an offer from the club

Challenge Cup winners Warrington have confirmed the triple signing of Richard Myler, Ryan Atkins and David Solomona.

The Wolves paid combined fees in excess of £300,000 for England internationals Myler and Atkins, who have joined from Salford and Wakefield respectively.

Second rower Solomona, who has agreed a one-year deal, joins from Bradford.

"I'm excited about coaching all three. All have their own areas of uniqueness and will contribute to strengthening our squad," said coach Tony Smith.

"I am really looking forward to helping the two young guys to develop, mature and progress, and I think they'll bring many assets and facets from their game that we probably need.

"David also has a wealth of experience. He is the type of player to have a huge impact on a game and can turn the whole face of a game. These are great attributes to bring in."

Scrum-half Myler, 19, reportedly becomes the most expensive teenager in rugby league, eclipsing the £140,000 Wigan paid Wakefield for Nigel Wright in 1993.

"It's a massive accolade, I just hope I can show that I'm worth it," he said. "Hopefully this will rocket my career. I see this as an opportunity to win things."

"It's a massive club, you can tell by the amount of money they are willing to spend on players. There are a lot of great players here and I can't wait to play with them.

"I've still got one more week at Salford but I can't wait to start here."

Salford director of football Steve Simms said: "It made both good football and business sense to let Richie go.

"Warrington were able to offer the player a startling contract and transfer fee for somebody who has only played a handful of games at this level."

Myler has made only 18 Super League appearances but has been widely regarded as one of the hottest properties in the game after making his mark in Salford's National League-winning team in 2008.


He played for England before he appeared in Super League and debuted in their 74-0 rout of Wales last October. The scrum-half also scored a record 30 points in this year's 66-12 win over France in Paris.

Myler, who began his career with Widnes, had a year left on his contract with the Reds and rejected an offer that would have made him the biggest earner in the club's history.

Atkins, a 23-year-old centre, made his England debut in the win over France, scoring a try in the game and said the presence of Smith was the major factor behind his decision to leave Wakefield.

"It came out of the blue," he admitted. "I had two years left on my Wakefield contract and, for me, I was playing my two years out.

Since working under Tony Smith with England, I just knew that he is the only coach to bring the potential out in me

Ryan Atkins

"There were rumours about me going to Leeds and both clubs had spoken but I had no idea about Warrington until my agent phoned me and said they had agreed terms with Wakefield; it's up to you now.

"I pretty much jumped at the chance. I think it's the right move for me to be able to come to such a big club.

"Since working under Tony Smith with England, I just knew that he is the only coach to bring the potential out in me.

"That's no disrespect to John Kear at Wakefield. I owe a lot to Wakefield because they were the club that gave me a chance after Brian Noble told me I was the fifth-choice centre at Bradford.

"They're getting a transfer fee for me so we've both done well out of the move."

Solomona, a New Zealand and Samoa international, was not offered a new deal by the Bulls.

The 31-year-old forward has not played since injuring his shoulder against St Helens in April.

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