Smith cools Australia link

  • Last Updated: June 5 2014, 8:56 BST

Warrington coach Tony Smith has played down reports that he is set for an imminent return to Australia but has revealed he is in talks over his future with club owner Simon Moran.

Tony Smith: In talks about his future
Tony Smith: In talks about his future

The former England boss, who is the longest-serving coach in Super League, is currently being linked with his former club St George Illawarra, who recently parted company with head coach Steve Price and placed Paul McGregor in charge to the end of the season.

"I'll have a little bit of news in the next week or so but that's unlikely to be it," Smith said. "I'm working through some stuff with Simon at the moment."

Smith has failed to dismiss rumours circulating in Super League that Richard Agar could join the Wolves following his sudden exit from Wakefield, possibly as an assistant to Smith before becoming his successor.

Agar, who has flown to Spain on holiday after stepping down from the Wildcats hot seat on Monday, has made it clear he still has coaching ambitions in Super League and has also been linked with Catalan Dragons following his stint as French national coach at the 2013 World Cup.

Smith, whose assistants at the Wolves are Willie Poching and Richard Marshall, said: "We get linked to every player and to every coach. Richard is a talented young coach who has done a fantastic job.

"I'd certainly make inquiries about Richard but I think it's a bit early to make a decision on his future."

Smith, 47, a former St George stand-off, has spent the last 13 years coaching in England, initially at Huddersfield and then with Leeds before taking up the reins of the Wolves for the start of the 2010 season.

Smith, who was in charge of the national team from 2007-09 and took out British nationality, hints that, despite arguably reaching the shelf life for a head coach, he is happy to stay on at Warrington for the foreseeable future.

"This is the longest I've been at any club," he said. "I would have said in the past there was a shelf life for me.

"I needed to move on because I was somebody who wanted the next challenge but, as you get older and more mature, you start to look at different things.

"Take the example of (veteran Australian coaches) Wayne Bennett and Tim Sheens and the periods of time they stayed at particular places, I can understand some of that now, whereas in the earlier part of my career I was looking for the next new thing.

"I've enjoyed working so far at Warrington and a huge part of that is who I work for. I've got a huge respect for Simon and I'm enjoying it what we're doing there and what we're building.

"There are new challenges that are arising each and every year, it feels like we're re-inventing ourselves all the time so there are new challenges for me.

"At the moment I'm not going anywhere. Enjoying what I'm doing."