Warrington: Tony Smith 'proud' to reach seventh-year milestone

Tony Smith
Tony Smith ended his playing career at Workington before moving into coaching

Warrington's Tony Smith is "proud" of his record as the longest-serving head coach in the Super League era, as he enters a seventh year in charge.

The former Leeds and Huddersfield boss took over in March 2009, initially combining the role with being in charge of the England team.

The Australian has won three Challenge Cups and a League Leaders Shield, and reached two Grand Finals at Wolves.

"I'm very proud that I've been here for that long - it has flown," said Smith.

Smith's Warrington record
Played: 202 Won: 144 Drawn: 3 Lost: 55

The 48-year-old told BBC Radio Merseyside: "I've enjoyed each and every moment of it.

"It hasn't all gone our way the whole time, by any means, but that's not how we assess ourselves here."

Smith, who won the Grand Final twice during his time at Leeds, became a British citizen in 2008 while he was in charge of the national side.

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Smith pleased with Wolves work ethic

Wolves have regularly finished in the higher places of Super League during Smith's tenure, but were beaten finalists in 2012 and 2013 at Old Trafford.

"We've created a terrific culture here where we're trying to improve as a club on and off the field and I think we've made some great inroads in that over the years," he added.

"There is plenty more to go and I'm enjoying it. I'd like to think we've progressed as a club to become one of the consistent performers of the competition for the last few years, that is what you're after.

"We've fallen short in a couple of the big ones but that is still there for us to play for and work towards, so there is still a lot to achieve."

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