TONY Smith will leave Warrington Wolves at the end of the season by mutual consent, it has been confirmed.

Super League's current longest serving coach has been in the role since March, 2009.

“I’ve really enjoyed my nine years at the club and feel that it’s now in the best interests of all for us to go in different directions," said Smith, who guided Wolves to Super League safety for 2018 with victory over Leigh Centurions yesterday.

"I’m grateful for the relationship I’ve had with the board, in particular Simon Moran, and I’d like to thank them for their support over the time I’ve been at Warrington.

"I’d like to think that while this has been a tough year, the club has progressed in the time I’ve been there in many ways, on and off the field, and is now in a position that means they can go on to bigger and greater things.

"I’d like to thank all the staff and playing staff during my time at the club, as well as all the supporters. I hope you’ve enjoyed the successes we’ve had as much as the players and I have over the years.”

Simon Moran, club owner, said: “We would like to thank Tony for everything he has done for us here at Warrington.

"He came in 2009 and turned the club around. He’s seen us to four Challenge Cup finals lifting the trophy on three occasions. We’ve also secured two League Leaders’ Shields and made three Grand Final appearances during his time in charge.

"Once again we thank Tony and wish him all the best in his future.”

Chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick added: “Since joining, Tony has helped transform the club and it is testimony to his time at Warrington that the club’s expectations have been lifted.

"Unfortunately, things have not worked out this year but when people reflect back on his time here I’m sure they will do so with many fond memories.

"I’m sure everyone will show their appreciation for everything he has done for this club at his last game on Saturday 23 September.”