Warrington Wolves complete Stefan Ratchford signing
Warrington Wolves have completed the signing of stand-off Stefan Ratchford from Super League rivals Salford City Reds on a three-year deal.
The 23-year-old was out of contract at the end of the season and rejected an offer to stay on at the Willows.
A product of Salford's youth system, Ratchford made his debut in 2007 and has gone onto make 103 appearances.
Wolves head coach Tony Smith said: "He's shown what a talented young player he is for a number of years."
He added: "I know how keen he is to succeed and how ambitious he his which suits the environment, and mix of talent and ambition already here at Warrington."
STEFAN RATCHFORD FACTS
- Joined Salford from Wigan St Patrick's in 2005
- Made his Reds debut in 2007 Challenge Cup fourth round against Gateshead
- Helped the Reds to Northern Rail Cup and Grand Final wins in following season
- Salford players' player of the year in 2009
Ratchford, who was selected for the England Knights squad in February, said: "It was a really tough decision having been at Salford for so many years but over the last few seasons Warrington have shown that they are heading in the right direction winning Challenge Cup finals.
"I met Tony a few years ago with England and he's doing very well with Warrington at present. I'm hoping working with Tony will help benefit my game and I can kick on to the next level.
"I am sad to be leaving Salford, this is a massive move for me and I'm looking forward to next year."
Reds coach Steve Parish told BBC Radio Manchester on Monday: "He's made his decision and we've moved on already, the club can do no more."
After seeing Richie Myler also make the move to the Halliwell Jones from Salford, Parish is determined to keep hold on any future stars.
"From or perspective we don't intend to let this ever happen ever again," he added.
"Warrington have came down last year and took a player [Richie Myler] off us and they've done it again this year.
"Personally I don't think that is right but again it's up to he kid to make a decision, he made it, so good luck to him."