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Warrington Wolves director of youth development John Bastian to leave club in November

Last Updated: 12/04/13 5:51pm

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Tony Smith: Words of praise for John Bastian

Tony Smith: Words of praise for John Bastian

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Warrington have revealed that director of youth development John Bastian will leave the club in November.

Warrington have revealed that director of youth development John Bastian will leave the club in November.

Bastian joined Wolves from Leeds Rhinos five years ago and has helped emerging young talent come through the club's development programme.

"We would like to thank John for his unquestionable commitment, passion and professionalism and for the success he has delivered in building a youth development structure of which we at Warrington Wolves are proud," director Lance James, who is responsible for youth, told the club's official website.

"We would also like to sincerely thank him on behalf of the many parents of young players who have progressed through the system to become part of the first grade, and those who have not but have still benefited from John's expert advice.

"Whether it was on the rugby or educational pathways, through his enthusiasm for the game or as part of the player development team John will leave a lasting memory for all who have worked with him over the last five years."

Wolves' head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith added his praise for Bastian's contribution to the club.

"I would like to echo what Lance said in thanking John for his contributions and hard work with the youth department," he said.

"His contributions have certainly taken us to levels most clubs would be very proud of and are striving for, and we acknowledge and appreciate his achievements."

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