Warrington Wolves announce North Wales Crusaders link

The Racecourse Ground
North Wales Crusaders groundshare with Conference Premier side Wrexham

Super League side Warrington Wolves have announced a dual-registration partnership with League One side North Wales Crusaders.

The deal will mean Warrington's players who are not in the matchday squad will get game time at the Welsh side.

In return, the Crusaders will get the use the Wolves' training and medical facilities throughout the season.

"We're teaming up with them this year," Wire head coach Tony Smith told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"All players will be registered with North Wales so anybody who is not able to make the first team for us will have an opportunity to play for them.

"It's logical. They're not far down the road and it's an area of the country that we're very closely associated with.

Richard Agar
Richard Agar was in charge of the France team that reached the 2013 World Cup quarter final

"We're really pleased to have that partnership going and looking forward to developing that partnership over the coming years."

As well as signing Ashton Sims, Daryl Clark and Gary Wheeler for the 2015 season, Smith has added former Wakefield boss Richard Agar as his first-team coach.

Agar, who also had a stint as head coach at Hull FC, replaced Richard Marshall and Willie Poching, who left the Wolves at the end of last term.

"For a quality coach like Richard to join our staff is a great coup for the club," added Smith, 47.

"He's very experienced at head coaching, to be able to come here and be able to support me and the team in the way that he's settled in has been fantastic.

"We've been mates for a number of years and we respect each other. We knew that working together wouldn't be an issue and its been fantastic for both of us."