This week has seen speculation emerge that former Wigan Warriors’ winger Josh Charnley is set to return to rugby league with Warrington with an exit from rugby union side Sale looking increasingly likely with England winger Marland Yarde signing with the Sharks after leaving Harlequins. With former Castleford winger Denny Solomona having one of their wing berths nailed down, Charnley is likely to fall out of favour and is thought to be keen on a return to the game where he made his name.
After a superb record of 149 tries in 151 games for Wigan as well as 96 goals, Charnley earned a reputation as one of the best wingers in the northern hemisphere and the big money in rugby union eventually told with Sale being the team to entice the Chorley-born flier to switch codes. However, after a disappointing return of 3 tries in 18 appearances, the Sharks are now looking elsewhere. Charnley, therefore, looks likely to return to what he does best – scoring tries in the thirteen man code and Warrington Wolves look likeliest to sign the former England RL winger for whom Charnley scored 9 tries in 8 matches. After a disappointing 2017 campaign, The Wire’s new coach Steve Price is recruiting heavily, quickly and well with NRL stars like Bryson Goodwin and Tyrone Roberts already signed on. With outside backs in short supply at the Halliwell Jones following the departures of Rhys Evans and Kevin Penny, Warrington look light in this area and are likely to sign up one if not more before their first Super League match of 2018 against Leeds Rhinos.
Could Josh Charnley be that man? If he does sign up for The Wolves, they would have a player who would pretty much be able to guarantee a great try scoring record and may well be another piece in the jigsaw to get Warrington competing again at the top of the table.