Lee Briers: Warrington legend agrees new coaching contract

Lee Briers
Lee Briers made over 400 appearances for Warrington

Former Wales international Lee Briers has agreed a new two-year coaching contract with Warrington Wolves.

The 37-year-old will now have a dual role as head of the club's Under-19s academy and assistant coach to the first team.

He was forced to end his playing career in 2013 because of a neck injury.

"Every day is different in coaching as there's always something that's different in the game which you need to transfer over to players," Briers said.

Briers, who won 23 caps for Wales, is Warrington's record points scorer with 2,586 in 425 appearances, having joined them from St Helens in 1997.

Head coach Tony Smith praised Briers' "good progress" in his academy role, which has led to him being given first-team responsibilities for next season.

"He's still in the early stages of his coaching career, but he's got a good rapport with both the young players and now the senior players within the group," he told the club website.external-link

"He's got a good understanding of the game, but also of the pitfalls that are there to distract young people from their jobs.

"It was important for him to have a cut-off period from the first team after playing and now that he's been able to integrate back into that environment, we are delighted he is going to play more of a role next year."