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Super League: Warrington Wolves' Tony Smith rejects Australia return reports

Last Updated: 05/06/14 4:44pm

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Smith is currently Super League's longest serving coach

Smith is currently Super League's longest serving coach

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Warrington coach Tony Smith has played down reports suggesting he is set for an imminent return to Australia but has admitted he is in discussions with the Wolves over his future.

The 47-year-old has been linked with a return to St George Illawarra, who are being coached by Paul McGregor until the end of the current NRL season following the recent departure of Steve Price.

However, Smith distanced himself from a role with the Dragons, adding that he and Wolves owner Simon Moran are working towards resolving matters regarding his position.

"I'll have a little bit of news in the next week or so but that's unlikely to be it," said former England coach Smith. "I'm working through some stuff with Simon at the moment."

"There are new challenges that are arising each and every year, it feels like we're re-inventing ourselves all the time so there are new challenges for me."
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Smith is the current longest-serving coach in Super League and has hinted he is happy to continue in his current role, despite admitting he previously believed there was a shelf-life for himself at one specific club.

"This is the longest I've been at any club," he said. "I would have said in the past there was a shelf life for me.

"I needed to move on because I was somebody who wanted the next challenge but, as you get older and more mature, you start to look at different things.

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"Take the example of (veteran Australian coaches) Wayne Bennett and Tim Sheens and the periods of time they stayed at particular places, I can understand some of that now, whereas in the earlier part of my career I was looking for the next new thing.

"I've enjoyed working so far at Warrington and a huge part of that is who I work for. I've got a huge respect for Simon and I'm enjoying it what we're doing there and what we're building.

"There are new challenges that are arising each and every year, it feels like we're re-inventing ourselves all the time so there are new challenges for me.

"At the moment I'm not going anywhere. Enjoying what I'm doing."

There have also been rumours that Warrington are keen to recruit Richard Agar to their staff following his exit from Wakefield, a possibility Smith did not dismiss.

Smith, whose assistants at the Wolves are Willie Poching and Richard Marshall, added: "We get linked to every player and to every coach. Richard is a talented young coach who has done a fantastic job.

"I'd certainly make inquiries about Richard but I think it's a bit early to make a decision on his future."

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