Wolves finally land Myler
Salford City Reds have confirmed that scrum-half Richie Myler is indeed moving to Super League rivals Warrington.
Last Updated: 06/09/09 3:43pm
Salford City Reds have confirmed that scrum-half Richie Myler is indeed moving to Super League rivals Warrington for next season.
The 19-year-old England international has long been expected to join the Wolves, despite Salford being keen to keep hold of their star youngster.
However, Warrington's pursuit has been relentless and they have now got their man, with around £200,000 being paid to Salford for Myler's services.
The Wolves will unveil him at a press conference at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Monday afternoon, when they are also expected to announce the capture of Wakefield centre Ryan Atkins and Bradford forward David Solomona.
Myler, who joined the Reds from Widnes in 2008 and played a key role in their National League championship-winning season, had a year left on his contract at The Willows and Salford tried to persuade him to stay.
Myler was offered a new deal that would have made him the highest paid player in the history of the club, but it was not enough to keep him out of Warrington's grasp.
Salford director of football Steve Simms said: "Warrington offered a significant amount of money for his services.
"We have always maintained that we wanted to keep Richie and build our future team around him and other home grown players. This was reflected in the substantial offer we made for Myler's future services.
"However 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.
"From the club's point of view, it made both good football and business sense to let Richie go as it is pointless to keep a player against his wishes.
"We can now invest the finance back into the squad to strengthen in all areas."
Myler capped his rookie season as a professional with a try-scoring debut for England against Wales at Doncaster before he had even played a Super League match.
Simms added: "Richard is a good young player who has a great future ahead of him.
"We wish him all the very best for his future career and I'm sure everybody connected to Salford will thank him for a remarkable two seasons in our colours."
The Reds have already signed a replacement for Myler in St Helens scrum-half Matty Smith, who will join them on a season-long loan after spending this year with Celtic Crusaders.