New Hull boss Tony Smith eyeing up Super League history

Josh McAllister
Tony Smith Hull KR SWpix

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While cautious to make any promises to fans, newly appointed Hull boss Tony Smith is eyeing up Super League history following his latest appointment.

The 55-year-old former England boss left his role at Hull KR midway through the 2022 campaign, having previously announced the season would be his last at Craven Park.

He was appointed as Brett Hodgson’s replacement at city rivals Hull on Saturday morning, and is now looking to make history. 

Smith is a two-time Grand Final winner as coach with Leeds, and wants to become the first to win the competition with two different clubs. 

The former Warrington boss also lost at Old Trafford on three occasions in 2012, 2013 and 2016 with the Wolves. 

Tony Smith: I’d like to be the first coach to win a Grand Final

Smith said: “I don’t often talk about winning stuff because I don’t want to give people false expectations and put that added responsibility on.

“But I’ve won a couple of Grand Finals, only at one club. I missed out three times at another club. No other coach has done it at two clubs.

“I missed out on that opportunity. Who knows how long it might take, but I’d like to do that at some stage in my career.

“I know I’m getting to the back-end, or the twilight, of my career so I’d like to do it sooner rather than later. It would be a nice accolade to have. It would prove that what you do is still up to date and efficient and effective.

“So there’s a little incentive. I’ve shared that with Adam and I’m prepared to share that publicly today.

“I’d like to be the first coach to win a Grand Final at two different clubs. Hopefully that can be at this club.”

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