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Say goodbye to Wolves' departing troops
WARRINGTON Wolves are inviting fans to say their goodbyes to six departing players following the play-off semi final against Huddersfield Giants tonight, Thursday, but all will be fighting for the chance of 80 more minutes in primrose and blue.
Captain Adrian Morley, Garreth Carvell, Brett Hodgson, Mike Cooper, Tyrone McCarthy and Rhys Williams are leaving Warrington at the end of the current season, be that tonight, or in just over a week’s time at Old Trafford.
And while the emotions are sure to play their part in the night’s events, Smith is confident that his players can focus on the task at hand.
“We are not making a big deal of that pre-game,” he said.
“We are inviting all fans to stay behind afterwards and we do want to say farewells to some people, win, lose or draw.
“But the players are focused on playing well, and if they can do that they get to wear the great Warrington colours for another week.
“Otherwise it will be their last game in the colours, so there is definitely a priority of the performance over the occasion or being sentimental.”
Morley’s departure to Salford City Reds, Carvell’s move to Bradford, Hodgson exploring other options and Cooper’s Australian adventure with the NRL’s St George Illawarra Dragons are each significant departures in their own right.
And the loss of homegrown talents McCarthy and Williams to as-yet unknown clubs will add to big changes to Warrington Wolves’ top-line squad for the 2014 Super League season.
Smith believes the choice to depart is the right thing for both McCarthy and Williams.
But he hinted that 2013 may not be the end of McCarthy’s Wolves career, which started as a youngster in the junior ranks.
“It is understandable for both of those boys, as they have had limited opportunities,” he said.
“Tyrone in particular is a Warrington lad and it would be no surprise to me to see him in Warrington colours again in the future.
“He is leaving the club on very good terms and we will welcome him back in the future, I am sure.
“Sometimes these boys have to head off somewhere new to improve them and give them a chance to come back a better player, just like we have seen with Kevin Penny.”
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