Tony Smith backs Daryl Clark and Chris Hill to become force for Warrington Wolves

Smith backs Clark and Hill partnership

Smith backing Clark to be force alongside Hill

Smith says Hill and Clark are most consistent players in Super League

First published in Sport by , Sports reporter

DARYL Clark and Chris Hill can become a driving force for club and country, according to Warrington Wolves boss Tony Smith.

Clark has penned a four-year deal that will see him team up with fellow Man of Steel contender Hill next season.

The 21-year-old is yet to make his England bow, but Smith ranks him alongside Hill as one of the most consistent players in Super League.

“If there are two more consistent players than Chris Hill and Daryl Clark in this competition then I haven’t seen them,” said Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby.

“They’ve been terrific in their respective teams and I’m looking forward to those two coming together – certainly in a club capacity, but that could also progress into representative.

“I’m not heavy to push for people in representative teams. Having been in the position of selecting those teams, I know it’s easy to push people upon others.

“Certainly he’s got to be very, very strongly in the reckoning. For any coach to have him in the team would be a great asset.

“I can’t dispute the Man of Steel shout along with Chris Hill. Certainly the form, work rates and effectiveness of those two players, I haven’t seen better.”

The former Great Britain coach has long been an admirer of Clark and is excited to see him in primrose and blue.

“He’s a fantastic runner of the ball,” added Smith. “We’ve seen him score many tries this year over 50 metres, that’s some doing for a hooker.

“He has that awareness and some great instincts of the game. There are still areas we can help him with and improve on, but he’s doing a fair job with what he’s got.

“He’s exciting to watch, I enjoy watching him and he brings a lot of pleasure to a lot of people that watch him. He’s a terrific young player that we’re really excited about.

“A lot of people were aware of his capabilities for some time, but to see how well he’s played for the last two years to 18 months is just fantastic.”

Clark’s arrival raises questions over Brad Dwyer’s future, but Smith insists the young hooker remains in his plans.

“Brad has the next couple of years with us, so we’ll work out the best route for Brad,” he explained.

“He’s fully aware of everything that’s going on and he’s part of our plans and part of the process as well.”

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