Smith non-committal on out-of-contract players

Tony Smith says it’s too early to make a call on his off-contract players after giving them a chance to impress against Warrington Wolves on Saturday.

Eleven of the club’s players without a deal at the end of the season were given a chance to impress, with Smith keen to give them a chance to earn a deal going into 2021 although they went down 40-10 to the Wolves.

But although defeated, several individuals impressed, and Smith says all will be given more opportunities moving forward.

“I’d hate to make too big a decision based on one effort and performance after a long lay-off,” he said.

“Some did better than others. Some will need a chance to prove themselves again and some have put some runs on the board there. They need to go back out and prove they can do that on a consistent basis too.

“You’re always learning. But yeah, some good and some not so good in and amongst them.”

Smith confirmed he may take some of those players out for their next game, which is over three weeks away when they take on St Helens.

“There was no guarantee it was going to be a week in, week out affair,” added Smith.

“If changes need to be made, I’ll make them. The players know that and have agreed to it.

“If somebody doesn’t get a chance next game, they’re going to get chances throughout the rest of the season. I was trying to do it as early as I can for them. But we’ll assess things and work out what’s best for the next game.”

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