Warrington Wolves: Richard Agar to join Tony Smith's staff

Warrington head coach Tony Smith has extended his contract until 2016 and will have ex-Wakefield boss Richard Agar as first-team coach next season.

Current first-team coaches Richard Marshall and Willie Poching will leave at the end of the current campaign.

Agar, who will sign a two-year deal, quit as Wakefield boss last week.

"While it was a difficult decision to leave Wakefield, naturally I am thrilled to get an opportunity to work at Warrington Wolves," he said.

Smith at Warrington

  • Three Challenge Cups (2009, 2010, 2012)
  • League Leaders' Shield (2011)
  • Grand Final runners-up (2012, 2013)

Agar, a former Hull FC boss, led the Wildcats to the Super League play-offs in his first season in 2012, but he left after winning only four games this term.

Smith, who had been linked with a move to NRL side St George Illawarra Dragons,  joined Warrington in 2009 and has achieved three Challenge Cup successes, a League Leaders' Shield and two Grand Final appearances.

"Although it's been quite flattering to be linked with the NRL I have never been tempted to leave the position I currently hold with this fantastic club," he said.

"I'd personally like to thank both Willie and Richard (Marshall) for what they have given to the club over the years and for the support they have given to me on both a personal and professional level.

"Richard (Agar) and I have had a great respect for one another for a number of years; having first met Richard when I was assistant coach at Parramatta.

"I've been a big admirer of his coaching at each of the teams he has been at - often under testing circumstances - and I recognise and appreciate the type of rugby he encourages, which fits our Warrington style of play."