Tony Smith frustrated at throwing Warrington Wolves players into Super League action too early

Richie Myler hitting form after being dropped. Picture MIKE BODEN

Richie Myler hitting form after being dropped. Picture MIKE BODEN

First published in Sport by , Sports reporter

TONY Smith is calling for a reserve system to be introduced for Super League clubs after growing frustrated at having to throw players back into the first team before they are ready.

Smith recalled Roy Asotasi after dropping the New Zealand international two weeks ago, while the likes of Ben Currie were sent straight into Super League action after returning from injury.

Smith admits he has seen a response from Richie Myler after dropping the half back recently, but insists he would have benefited fromplaying in a reserve system during a season interrupted by injury.

“He’s taken it on board and he hasn’t sulked about it,” said Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby.

“He’s dusted himself off and come back better and stronger. That’s why you do drop people sometimes.

“If you think they’re just going to go and sit in the corner and come back and be half the player then you probably wouldn’t have them on your roster.

“He’s a quality young player. He’s a bit guilty of being thrown in at the deep end without too many games under his belt, in high pressured games.

“It’s the system that we have, we don’t have a reserve system, we can’t send our players out. It’s not really Super League is it, it’s mediocre league at times.

“We’ve got to bring people back, like Ben Currie who hasn’t been playing for three or four weeks. I’ve got to throw him in now, where what he should be doing is playing a game in reserves somewhere.

“I drop Roy a few weeks ago, I throw Roy back in after a few weeks and expect him to be a world-beater, without somewhere for him to play and practice and improve.

“It’s the system that we’ve got and we’re accepting it. We’re accepting that at times we throw players out of form back in or people who have been injured for a long time back into the fray and expect them to perform at super levels.

“You can’t do it – we’ve got to do something about it eventually.”

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