Warrington fullback Stefan Ratchford admitted he had planned to return to action in another week or two’s time initially, but was confident of his fitness once Steve Price came calling.

Ratchford has sat out the last nine weeks after having surgery on a torn pectoral and had initially expected a much longer recovery period, but was a late inclusion into the Wire line up in their Challenge Cup semi-final against Hull after Josh Charnley suffered an injury late in the week.

The England international looked like he’d never been away and played a vital role in securing Warrington’s second successive trip to Wembley and was delighted to be back on the field and get through the game.

“I was probably going to wait another week or two but when we lost Charners the coach asked me if I was ready to go and I was pretty confident I was, so he was happy to go with what I was saying. All the medical staff were happy as well, he said after the 22-14 win.

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“Initially they said 12 to 16 weeks. There’s been a couple of players who’ve done it in 10 or 11 weeks, so we knew that wasn’t out of the question.

“It was a good game to come back to, you don’t need much motivation to get up for a game of that magnitude, so I was happy to just get out there and be back playing.”