WARRINGTON Wolves’ coaching moves confirmed tonight include a new deal for Tony Smith as well as a contract for Richard Agar.
Smith will remain as Wolves boss until at least the end of the 2016 season after penning a one-year contract extension.
However, there will be changes to Smith’s staff for 2015.
Current first-team coaches Willie Poching and Richard Marshall will leave the club at the end of the season.
They will be replaced by former Hull FC and Wakefield boss Agar, who will join Smith’s set-up as first-team coach in November.
Smith continuously played down reports linking him with a move to NRL outfit St George Illawarra Dragons earlier this month, before agreeing a new deal with Wolves owner Simon Moran.
“I’ve really enjoyed working for Warrington,” said Wolves’ head of coaching and rugby. “I’m happy and enjoy the good people that I’m working with.
“I’ve been quite vocal in the past about who I’m working for and all those things are massively important.
“We feel we are still progressing as a club and I feel I can still contribute in that regard, so whilst I’m able to do that I am happy to be there.
“It’s the right time for Richard and Willie, they’ve been terrific for the organisation, the players, to me and everyone involved.
“I’d personally like to thank both Willie and Richard for what they have given to the club over the years and for the support they have given to me on both a personal and professional level.
“I look forward to watching them progress in their coaching careers in the future. They’re fully committed to the club for the remainder of the season and will be doing everything within their power to help the Wolves have another successful season.
“Richard Agar is somebody I’ve admired for a long time and that I’ve known for a long time.
“Richard and I have had a great respect for one another for a number of years; having first met Richard when I was assistant coach at Parramatta.
“I’ve been a big admirer of his coaching at each of the teams he has been at – often under testing circumstances – and I recognise and appreciate the type of rugby he encourages which fits our Warrington style of play.
“When Richard became available we were in the market for a first team coach for the 2015 season and he became an ideal candidate.”