Gidley eyeing first-season success with Wolves


Warrington Wolves half-back Kurt Gidley says a triumph at Wembley or Old Trafford in 2016 would rank among the highlights of his career.

Tony Smith's men lead Super League by two points after winning 10 of their first 13 matches and moved into the last eight of the Challenge Cup on Saturday with a 70-10 thumping of second-tier Oldham.

Experienced former Australia international Gidley has been instrumental in the Wolves' impressive start to the year, having ended his lengthy association with Newcastle Knights to move to England, and is highly motivated by the prospect of securing silverware in his first season at Warrington.

"It would probably be right up there [with my best achievements]," Gidley, who made a solitary appearance in the season the Knights last claimed NRL glory in 2001, told Omnisport.

"I've represented my state, playing for New South Wales, and represented my country. I've played at some great stadiums and been really proud of some different moments in my career, but I've also never won a Grand Final. And I think it's a dream of all players to play at Wembley.

"It's been a long career and I've had some great achievements but I wanted to come over here and be part of a successful team. I would love to win some trophies as part of this squad."

Gidley, who extended his contract with the Wolves last month, has been credited with providing the playmaking qualities and nous Warrington had perhaps lacked since the retirement of the canny Lee Briers in 2013.

The versatile 33-year-old struck up a hugely effective partnership in the halves with Chris Sandow prior to the latter suffering a hamstring tear and has since prospered alongside Stefan Ratchford.

"Back home in Australia I probably thought my best position had been full-back over my whole career, just because I thought there were better playmakers than me in my teams," Gidley revealed.

"At Newcastle Knights there was Andrew Johns and Jarrod Mullen, who were really smart players as half-backs. But I've always taken a leadership role in any team I've played in. That sort of comes naturally.

"I've been enjoying playing in the halves, guiding the team around, I guess, and calling the shots and calling what sets we need. And I enjoy defending as a half back too, it's a really key position on the field defensively, to be able to talk to the guys around you and call what defensive structures you need throughout the game.

"Footy-wise, it's been really enjoyable, still really challenging and that's part of the reason why I wanted to come over to Super League, just a new challenge football-wise and also a bit of a lifestyle change."