Smith set for Warrington stay

Warrington coach Tony Smith has confirmed that he is opening talks with Wire owner Simon Moran about a new deal at the club.

Smith’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign, but the 49-year-old is looking to stay at the club he has now been with for seven years.

“Simon and I will be talking in the next little while. It will take care of itself,” Smith saus, according to Rugby-league.com.

“I’ve got a good owner and a great relationship with the management and board of our club.

“I’ve enjoyed the seven years that I’ve been here, we’ve been a pretty consistent club in that time and we’ve always had a good relationship.

“I’m not worried about strong hands in terms of negotiations. We’re in a strong position as a club and that’s important.

“This club is going places, not just on the field, but off the field. I think we’ve probably been a bit behind in that area in some respects for a number of years. It’s a good place to be at the moment.”

Wire recruited heavily in the off-season, bringing in players such as Kurt Gidely and Chris Sandow.

This has freshened up the club, according to Smith, which means he is more than happy to stay in place.

“I used to (believe in a shelf life),” he added.

“It was more about freshening myself up. I’ve probably done that with our staff and changeover in personnel.

“I haven’t had to move to freshen us up. I’m working with a different group of people both on and off the field – our off-field staff has changed a fair bit in the last couple of years and it has freshened us up a whole lot.”

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