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Warrington forwards Westwood & Harrison sign new deals

Ben Westwood
Ben Westwood ran in six tries and kicked 44 Super League goals in 2010

Warrington's two England forwards Ben Westwood and Ben Harrison have both signed two-year contract extensions to remain at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Westwood, 29, the Wolves' player of the year, is now tied to the Wolves until November 2013, while Harrison, 22, is contracted until November 2014.

Both men are in Auckland with England's Four Nations squad at the end of another fine domestic season.

They missed only six games between them as Wolves defended their Challenge Cup.

Tony Smith's side also produced their best Super League finish of third - and have designs on improving on that next season after signing a reliable kicker in Brett Hodgson.

The impending arrival of the Huddersfield full-back means that Westwood will surrender kicking duties next season.

But the former Wakefield centre said: "I am delighted to have signed an extension. The club is certainly going in the right direction. We've won two trophies now and I'd love to win some more.

Ben Harrison
One club man Ben Harrison is also selected for the current England tour

"I'm happy at the club and have made it my new home having been here eight years now so I'm looking forward to reaching the 10-year milestone."

Westwood's form this season also made him, along with fellow Wolves forwards Harrison and skipper Adrian Morley, as well as centre Ryan Atkins, an automatic pick for England coach Steve McNamara's 24-man tour party.

"It's always a privilege to play for your country and England," he said. "That's where every rugby league player aims to get, so I'll be wearing my shirt with pride.

Westwood, England's man of the match in the 18-18 draw with Cumbria 11 days ago, is expected to get another run-out in Saturday's warm-up match against New Zealand Maoris at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium (0600 BST).

Harrison, who is also hoping to be part of the England Test team for the following week's Test against New Zealand, added: "I'm delighted to have secured my future and want to be part of the successful future that the club's going to have.

"It's the only club I've been at. I don't want to be anywhere else."



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