Written by John Davidson
Josh McGuire insists Warrington Wolves are not getting carried away despite their unbeaten start to the season which sees them on top of Super League.
Warrington have impressively won eight games in a row in 2023, their best-ever start to a campaign.
The Wolves have defeated Leeds, Salford, Leigh, Hull KR, Castleford, Huddersfield, Hull FC and fought back with 12 men to beat Catalans in Perpignan over Easter.
“It’s been good, it’s been a big pre-season and a lot of change in the squad,” McGuire told Everything Rugby League.
“It wasn’t an ideal last season, but the turnover felt like a new team. Warrington always had the makings of a good squad but just needed a few bits here and there.
“We’re not getting ahead of ourselves at all. We’re just building nicely,
“You look around the team, we’re confident that we’ve got the skill level and maturity level to find our way through it. But you have to earn confidence through hard work.
“We’re a very balanced football squad. We’re excited about what this team can do.”
McGuire joined Warrington in the off-season from St George Illawarra.
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After being suspended in pre-season, the veteran forward finally made his Super League debut in the comeback victory over Catalans.
McGuire made 15 carries, 70 metres, 32 tackles and one offload in the win in France.
“Catalans played great footy, really tough and physical,” the 33-year-old said.
“We didn’t start the game well, we’ve had to find different ways to win games.”
Warrington’s latest test comes against Wigan on Friday night.
“Wigan are just a very well-run organisation who have had a lot of success over the years,” McGuire said.
“They played a very tough, rugged and uncompromising style of footy.”
The Wolves are out to break a title drought that stretches all the way back to 1955.
The Cheshire club has never won a Super League grand final despite reaching four in the past 11 years.
But McGuire, who has played at the highest level in the NRL, with the Kangaroos and in State of Origin, believes this Warrington team is feeling no pressure or expectation to end that 68 year wait for another title.
“There’s always expectation, but the most comes from you as a player,” he said.
“Our burden is the expectation of the result we provide each week. This is a new team and we don’t carry that burden or pressure.
“There’s no outside expectations on us as players. We’re not thinking about that [the past].”