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Tony Smith inks new Warrington Wolves contract

Tony Smith, Head Coach of the Warrington Wolves (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Coach Tony Smith has signed a new deal that will keep him with Super League side Warrington Wolves until the end of the 2015 season.

The Wire came agonisingly close to securing the double during the season just gone after beating Leeds Rhinos 35-18 in the final of the Challenge Cup at London’s Wembley Stadium back on August 25.

However, the Wolves could not go on and add the Grand Final trophy to their silverware cabinet at the Halliwell Jones Stadium after the Rhinos gained revenge with a 26-18 victory at Manchester United’s Old Trafford home at the start of October.

Smith’s first task during pre-season will be to make sure his players have drawn a line mentally under that defeat given the fact Warrington were the favourites to end the reign of the men from Headingley Stadium.

It was no disgrace to lose to the club which knows how to peak for the play-offs as Leeds have now won the Grand Final from fifth place in the regular season two years running.

In addition, Leeds have also won the Grand Final five times out of the last six having only also taken the League Leaders’ Shield on one occasion back in 2009.

Smith made his name in England during a successful spell with Leeds between 2004-2007 before heading off to coach Great Britain and then England prior to linking up with Warrington in early 2009.

And, in possible and early pointers towards the 2013 season, Smith says he is hugely excited about taking Wolves forward as he looks to fill his side with young guns out to prove themselves (Warrington 5/2jf – To Win 2013 Grand Final).

Smith said: “We’ve got some terrific young players coming through which is really exciting and I am expecting that they will take us to some new levels.

“I think there are some exciting guys coming through, such as Ben Currie and Brad Dwyer, who have already contributed, but I’m expecting them to come through even more.

“And the likes of Rhys Evans, Ben Evans, James Laithwaite, Jordan Burke, Ryan Shaw, James Mendeika, Danny Bridge, James Saltonstall and Glenn Riley who are all going to be pushing for positions next year.

“There is depth within our squad and these young guys, who now have a year of full-time training under their belt, will be much more prepared for the rigours of Super League.”

Having won the Challenge Cup in three of the last four seasons, the focus now for Warrington and Smith must be to translate their cup pedigree into the Super League play-offs as they bid to end a wait of almost 60 years for the league crown.

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