Warrington coach Smith: I have no desire to coach in NRL


Super League's longest-serving coach, Tony Smith, has made it abundantly clear he has no intention of working in the NRL.

Former Great Britain and England coach Smith is preparing to begin a ninth season in charge of Warrington Wolves, having signed a contract extension until the end of the 2018 campaign last year.

A Grand Final success has eluded the Wolves during Smith's tenure, but the club have frequently contended for major honours, finishing as Super League runners-up on three occasions, while also winning three Challenge Cup titles and the League Leaders' Shield on two occasions.

And the Australian insists he is fully committed to Warrington, who suffered agonising narrow defeats at Wembley and Old Trafford in 2016.

At the Super League season launch in Leigh this week, Smith was asked by Omnisport whether he had any desire to coach in the NRL and replied unequivocally: "No. Never, no. I should never say never, but no, there's no desire.

He added: "This is my choice of country to live and I love it. My family is very settled here and have been for 16-odd years now.

"If you had asked me that question in the first couple of years I was here, you probably would have got a different answer, but I've certainly got no desire to go and coach in the NRL whatsoever."

The Wolves begin the 2017 season with a visit to Catalans Dragons on Saturday.