Tony Smith: We’re not looking overseas

Warrington head coach Tony Smith is looking to add one to two more players to his squad for 2015, but he says the Wolves won’t be looking down under.

Warrington have been linked with a number of NRL stars and they have two free visa spots with the departure of Australians Michael Monaghan and Trent Waterhouse. But Smith told League Express he is focusing on local talent.

“We don’t have a lot of room to play with our cap,” he said.

“We might have one or two additions to our squad but we’re not looking overseas. Visa spots doesn’t interest me, it’s about quality people and quality players. I think we’ve got to a stage where we’re producing enough of those in this country to not look overseas to fill in spots. Our recruitment requirements aren’t necessarily to fill visas, quite the opposite if we can.”

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Smith says he is not seeking to strengthen any particular position.

“We may have some room to add some depth but that’s about it,” he said.

“I like versatility in players, so we’re probably looking in that line.”

Warrington have snared Man of Steel award winner Daryl Clark and North Queensland Cowboys forward Ashton Sims for next season.

“Daryl had an extraordinary year and I think he’s going to get better, he’s so young,” Smith said.
“To win Young Player of the Year and Man of Steel it just shows what potential he has. I’m excited about working with Daryl; he’ll be great for us.

“And Ashton Sims has just had arguably the best season of his NRL career. He’s such a big character, not only in stature but in his character. He’s coming here to try and win things.”