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Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith signs new contract

Tony Smith (left) and Adrian Morley (right)
Smith (left) has enjoyed an encouraging start to the new season

Warrington coach Tony Smith has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at the Halliwell Jones Stadium until the end of the 2013 season.

The 43-year-old Australian joined the Wolves just over 12 months ago and won the Challenge Cup in his first season.

"I'm not usually one to sign long-term contracts but I was delighted to do so," said Smith.

"The club has great ambition and is going in the right direction and I want to be part of it."

Smith, who took out dual citizenship two years ago, guided Warrington to Challenge Cup success within six months of succeeding James Lowes when they beat Huddersfield 26-15 in the final.

"I enjoy working with group of players who continue to have a great desire to improve and so many things are going well off the field, with crowds and merchandising going through the roof," he added.

Warrington chairman Steven Broomhead said: "We are delighted to secure the long-term future of one of the best, if not the best, coaches in the world.

"We have gone from strength to strength since winning the Challenge Cup and it's great to get some long-term stability."

Warrington have also announced new deals for five players including the long-serving Lee Briers, who was out of contract at the end of this season.

Briers and prop Paul Wood have signed new 12-month deals while centre or loose forward Simon Grix, hooker Mickey Higham and winger Rhys Williams have signed two-year extensions that will keep them at the club until the end of 2012.

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