STEVE Price says he will be leaving Warrington Wolves in good shape despite Friday night's early exit from the Super League play-offs.

Price will return to his previous job as assistant coach at Australian NRL club Cronulla Sharks later this year after having replaced Tony Smith at the helm of The Wire in 2018.

The past two seasons he steered Wolves to third-place finishes and Challenge Cup semi-finals, but his side went out of the play-offs at the first hurdle as they did in 2019 - the year he guided The Wire to Challenge Cup glory against St Helens and fourth place in Super League.

In his first campaign The Wire finished fourth and reached both the Challenge Cup Final and Grand Final, finishing runner-up in each.

“The club’s in good shape, it’s healthy. I think there’s some really good talent coming through so that’s quite positive for us," said Price when asked about Wolves moving forward.

“Connor Wrench, Ellis Longstaff and Josh Thewlis – there’s a number of good kids there.

“Ellis is going to be a great player for our football club going forward.

“We’ve got Connor Wrench, for whom the future’s very bright and also Josh Thewlis.

“That’s three blokes in three different positions which is important.

“I can't say about the new players coming because I don't know them, but there’s still a lot of good football players in this team who I know can rise above.”

Chris Hill, Tom Lineham, Greg Inglis, Jake Mamo, Blake Austin and Sitaleki Akauola are the players known to be moving on from the 2021 squad.

Jason Clark's future has not been confirmed by Wolves but it would appear he will be on board next season, while The Wire continue to be linked with recruiting Wigan prop Joe Bullock.

Signed to play under new head coach Daryl Powell in 2022 are Peter Mata'utia, Oliver Holmes, James Harrison and Greg Minikin.

Powell is bringing a number of staff with him from his current role at Castleford Tigers, namely assistant coaches Ryan Sheridan and Danny Evans as well as analyst Steve Mills.