|Born||19 July 1988|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||13 st 8 lb (86 kg)|
|Position||Fullback, Stand-off, Centre, Scrum-half|
As of 14 October 2018
Stefan Guy Ratchford (born 19 July 1988) is an English rugby league footballer who plays for the Warrington Wolves in the European Super League. An England international representative fullback and wing, he previously played for the Salford City Reds between 2007 and 2011. Throughout his career Ratchford has played as a fullback, wing, centre, stand-off, scrum-half and loose forward.
Stefan Ratchford was born in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. He started playing rugby league at the age of six, initially playing junior rugby for Wigan St Cuthberts before later switching to Wigan St Patricks.
Ratchford signed with Salford City Reds in 2005, and made his first team début for the club in 2007 in a fourth round Challenge Cup match against Gateshead Thunder. In 2008, following the club's relegation to National League One, Ratchford established himself as a regular first team player. He formed an effective halfback partnership alongside Richie Myler, helping the team win the Northern Rail Cup, and the Division One Grand Final. Ratchford was named in the England squad for 2009 Four Nations, but did not appear in any games during the tournament. At the end of the 2011 season, Ratchford rejected a new contract offer from Salford and joined Warrington Wolves. He also made two appearances for the England Knights in 2011 and 2012. Ratchford signed a new deal in 2014 keeping him at the Warrington club until 2018.
During Warrington's defeat to Wigan Warriors in the 2018 Super League Grand Final Ratchford was voted winner of the Harry Sunderland Trophy making him only the fourth recipient of the award to have played for the losing side.
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