Bailey joins Warrington on one-year deal


Former Leeds Rhinos forward Ryan Bailey will be reunited with coach Tony Smith after agreeing a one-year deal to sign for Warrington Wolves.

Bailey will join the Wolves for the 2016 season, having won six Super League Grand Finals and three World Club Challenges during his time at the Rhinos.

The 31-year-old has attracted negative headlines in the past for his off-field misdemeanours, but Smith believes the forward deserves a reprieve.

"It is no secret that Ryan has had a chequered past," Smith said. 

"However, he is fully aware of the special conditions set out within his contract and the standards expected of all Warrington Wolves players.

"During my time coaching Ryan at Leeds we had a fantastic relationship and I never experienced any issues. He is fully aware that some of his past behaviours were unacceptable.

"However, at times we need to give people a second chance. I have every faith that we can develop his game and see the solid and hardworking player I know he can be."

Bailey added: "It is no secret that in the past I have had some issues, but all that is now behind me.

"I had some of my best form under Tony, I think he knows how to get the best out of me. I can't wait to meet up with the boys, knuckle down and get stuck in to pre-season. 

"I'd like to thank Tony and Warrington Wolves for this fantastic opportunity."