Warrington confirm capture of Championship wonderkid

Warrington have confirmed the signing of one of the Championship’s hottest young properties on a two-year deal.

Swinton’s Matty Ashton, who can operate at full-back or on the wing, will link up with the Wolves from the start of next season after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

Lions chairman Andy Mazey explained yesterday that the club had entered into talks regarding the transfer of the former Rochdale Mayfield amateur.

Ashton has scored 23 tries in 22 appearances for Swinton this year.

He said: “It’s a dream come true to be able to get the chance to play full-time Rugby League.

“Warrington is a massive club and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to building myself up both as a player and as a person.

“I can’t wait to get stuck into training and meet the lads.”

Reflecting on his time Swinton, Ashton added: “I’m extremely grateful to Stuart and all the staff for giving me an opportunity to play at this level and improving me as a player.

“It was a proud moment for me and my family to pull on a Swinton shirt, and I’m grateful to all the fans that have supported me and the team home and away have made it an incredible journey.

“I feel like I’ve made some mates for life and it’s a year I’ll never forget. It’s a dream come true for me now to move on to full time rugby league, but I thank Swinton for making it all possible.”

Wolves boss Steve Price said: “Matty has been a consistent player throughout his first year in the Championship.

“He’s certainly got some wheels on him and knows his way to the try line.

“He’s a great young player with a lot of potential but he still has a lot to learn about the game. We’re confident we can turn him into a quality Super League player.”

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