Featherstone Rovers have signed experienced Warrington Wolves forward Paul Wood and State of Mind ambassador after he was granted a release by his First Utility Super League club.

The 33-year-old prop, who made 339 appearances for the Wolves after making his debut in 2000, joins the Kingstone Press Championship club on a two-year deal and could make his debut in Sunday’s pre-season friendly at West Yorkshire rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

“Paul is an experienced forward who will bring aggression to our pack,” said Featherstone coach Andy Hay. “He was looking for a fresh challenge and was impressed with the ambition that we are showing on and off the pitch at the club.”

Wood, who won the Challenge Cup three times with Warrington and played in two Grand Finals for them, was under contract for 2015.

Wolves head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said: “I’d like to thank Paul for his contribution to the club. He’s provided 15 years of great service.

“Paul expressed a desire for a new challenge and this request was granted. Competition for places is tough and we need people ready for that challenge.Warrington-Widnes SOM 28

“There is an exciting time ahead with the new staff, players and improvement of training facilities, therefore we require everyone to be 100% committed to the Warrington cause. We wish Paul and his family all the best for the future.”

Wood, who famously played on with a ruptured testicle in the 2012 Grand Final, said: “I had a number of options to remain in Super League or to move into the Championship but when I came over to Featherstone there was a good feel about the place which was amplified when speaking with Andy Hay and chairman Mark Campbell.”

State of Mind would like to wish Paul all the very best in the next stage of his career!