Carter “ecstatic” to retain Smith

Wakefield Wildcats Chairman Michael Carter has revealed his delight after head coach Brian Smith agreed to remain at the Wildcats for another year.

Smith joined the club in May following an awful start to the season and ultimately helped Wakefield retain their Super League status following their Million Pound Game victory over Bradford earlier this month.

The 61-year-old’s future was uncertain with his contract expiring at the end of the season, however Smith has now agreed a one-year extension to his contract, much to the delight of Carter.

“I’m ecstatic to have him on board for another year,” Carter told League Express.

Smith has agreed to remain as head coach for the 2016 season.
Smith has agreed to remain as head coach for the 2016 season.

“We made a commitment to him and he made a commitment to us. I’m really looking forward to working with him again. The last six months have been a pleasure and I can’t wait for the new season to get underway.”

Carter also told League Express that Smith took little persuading to extend his stay in West Yorkshire.

“We had a few good discussions last week and I think we both had a desire to make this work and that’s what got us through.”

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