Iestyn Harris reveals Wigan coaching 'option'

Iestyn Harris
Iestyn Harris made 13 appearances for Great Britain's rugby league side

Iestyn Harris says a chance to become Wigan Warriors assistant coach is one option following his Crusaders exit.

Harris is looking for work after ending his role as Crusaders coach following the Welsh club's decision to withdraw from the Super League.

The 35-year-old has already been linked with Wigan, who are set to name Shaun Wane as Michael Maguire's successor.

"It is one of a few options," said Harris. "I won't deny it or confirm it at this stage."

Harris, who is also Wales coach, was promoted from assistant to Crusaders coach when Brian Noble, the former Wigan boss, stood down in 2010.

He endured a tumultuous year in charge at the financially troubled Crusaders, taking the reins from Noble when the Wrexham club were facing a High Court winding-up order over unpaid tax.

The order was dismissed when Crusaders went into administration for a month, leaving Harris' team to start the 2011 Super League season on minus four points.

Crusaders then called time on their three-year top flight stay in July when they withdrew their application for a new Super League licence due to financial concerns.

The club, which had appeared in the 2010 Super League play-offs, finished bottom of the 2011 table but most of the players found new clubs.

And on his own future, Harris said: "I'm sure something will be around the corner.

"I'm pretty optimistic that the future is pretty good for me. It is flattering that my name is being linked with jobs.

"You go into coaching because you think you can make a difference to a team or to a sport.

"It is something I have a decent obsession about as I felt I could make a difference and help people and help their individual and collective game.

"It is something that I have enjoyed doing over the last two years and I want to enjoy over the next 20 to 30 years.

"It is not a short-term career for me, it is long term and longevity in coaching is important to me. It is about improving myself as well as others."

Harris is currently planning Wales' debut in the Four Nations Series against England, Australia and New Zealand in October and November.

"My focus is on competing against the three best teams in the world," he said. "My future will look after itself."