Matty Smith has smile back on his face, says Steve Price

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Warrington coach Steve Price was pleased to see new recruit Matty Smith enjoying his rugby again.

Earlier this week, the 32-year-old half-back joined the Wolves on loan until the end of the season from Catalans.

Smith struggled to adapt to life in France, with the Dragons winning just six out of the 16 appearances he had made for the club.

Price admitted Smith has shown an eager attitude since arriving at Warrington.

Speaking after their 30-12 defeat to St Helens, Price said: “Matty Smith came in off one training session and he was solid.

“It was good to see him smile and for him to get back to enjoying his footy again and he competed hard. He will get a lot of confidence from that performance.

“It was first time in the club’s history that two 17-year-olds [Josh Thewlis & Riley Dean] were playing at the same time as well so that was quite special. They have got big futures but there is a lot of hard work that still needs doing.

“Josh Thewlis was strong, he didnt look out of place and there is a bright future for Riley Dean, too. They can hold their heads high.”

Ben Currie and Luis Johnson left the field with head knocks but will be okay to face Wigan next Friday, while Jack Hughes [ruptured testicle] and Blake Austin [ankle sprain] are touch and go ahead of the Challenge Cup final in two weeks time.


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