Smith “lives and breathes Warrington”, says Draper

Warrington Wolves chief executive Roger Draper has said that Tony Smith “lives and breathes” the club following his new deal which ties him to the club for two more years.

Smith signed a new deal to extend his tenure as Super League’s longest-serving coach until the end of the 2018 season earlier this week.

And Draper was full of praise for his head coach, saying the club are delighted to be able to tie him down.

“We are delighted that Tony has renewed his contract for a further two years,” he said.

“He is a man of principle, who lives and breathes Warrington Wolves. He has established Warrington Wolves for its exciting playing style, continues his commitment to young players and has the ability to bring top-class players to the club.”

Smith himself said: “I think we have come through a period of rebuild over the last couple of years and we’ve got some terrific young players with experience now. I think some of our best times are to come and hopefully some of that will be this year; certainly into the next couple and beyond. I’m excited to be part of it.

“We are making some really big inroads off the field as well as on it now too. We are engaging with our fans and I think that’s a real positive and makes us a much stronger club.”