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Warrington Wolves head coach explains loan departures

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Sam Burgess, the coach of Warrington Wolves, has clarified that the three players who have left the club on short-term loan deals are still part of his plans for the season ahead. Hooker Brad Dwyer, prop Joe Bullock, and winger Matty Russell will spend at least the next two weeks at other Super League clubs, with the possibility of extending their loans beyond that period.

Burgess emphasizes the importance of these players getting regular game time at the highest level possible, especially with no reserves game scheduled and their dual-registration partners, Widnes Vikings, not in action this weekend. He believes that getting match fitness and consistent rugby experience in the Super League will benefit the players and the team in the long run.

Although there may not be immediate spots for them in the Warrington Wolves team at the moment, Burgess emphasizes that they understand what is required and that these loan spells will help them stay prepared for future opportunities. Burgess stresses the importance of having a full squad available throughout the season and acknowledges the need for players to be seen and evaluated, particularly for those who are off-contract like Bullock and Russell.

Burgess acknowledges that the situation regarding reserve teams and loan deals differs from what he’s experienced in Australia, where there is a competent reserve competition. However, he believes that loaning players out for exposure and match fitness is beneficial in the current circumstances.

Overall, Burgess views these loan moves as opportunities for the players to showcase their abilities while ensuring they remain ready to contribute to Warrington Wolves when needed throughout the season.

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