Warrington complete double deal as Carvell signs on

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Garreth Carvell has resolved the tangled matter of his playing future by signing for Warrington. The Wolves, knocked out of the Super League play-offs on Saturday, have acted to strengthen their pack by signing the Hull and Great Britain prop and the Wigan hooker Mickey Higham.

They are having to pay Hull £55,000, because Carvell had signed a new contract before deciding minutes afterwards he still wanted to leave. He had been linked with Wigan, St Helens and at least two Australian clubs before opting for the Wolves, where he has agreed a three-year deal, with Higham signing for two.

An existing Warrington forward, Ben Westwood, has gained some consolation for his club's play-off exit at the hands of Catalan Dragons by being named in the Engage Dream Team as the best in the competition in his position. The selection is predictably dominated by Leeds and Saints, with five players apiece, but Westwood has earned a place in the second row.

On top of that, he will today be named in England's train-on squad for the World Cup, along with his Wolves team-mates Adrian Morley and Martin Gleeson and a clutch of players from Bradford, the other team to bow out last weekend. "It's a great honour to be named in those squads, but it's disappointing that Warrington's season finished the way it did," he said. "But the Catalans were very good against us. I think they can beat Wigan and go on to have a great chance against Leeds or Saints."

The other players selected from outside the big two are the Catalans' Clint Greenshields and George Carmont of Wigan.

The former Welsh dual international Iestyn Harris is set to be unveiled today as the new player-assistant coach at Featherstone Rovers.

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