INFLUENTIAL Saints full-back Ben Barba sees Warrington Wolves as very dangerous opposition under his former coach.

The Wire’s new top dog Steve Price, who replaced Tony Smith when his nine seasons at the helm ended last September, was assistant coach when Barba helped Cronulla Sharks to their first ever Premiership in 2016.

Warrington, with 13 departures in the off-season, six new signings and a much-changed backroom team under Price, are a work in progress at this stage with two wins and three losses from their five outings, including Friday’s 21-12 loss at Hull FC.

“Like the boys do here with Justin Holbrook, if the Warrington players buy in to what Steve Price wants and how he goes about his football I’m sure they’ll be a tough side to beat,” said Barba.

“He’s worked under some of the best coaches in the NRL, including Wayne Bennett. I’m sure he will do a wonderful job at Warrington.

“Pricey’s a good coach and I found him really helpful for my career especially in my time at the Sharks.

“I worked really hard with him in 2016 and obviously you share a special bond not only with the players but with the coaching staff that you enjoyed a wonderful ride with.

“He’s also good mates with Justin as well. He’s a top bloke.”