Agar joins Smith at Wolves

  • Last Updated: June 10 2014, 18:52 BST

Warrington have appointed former Wakefield boss Richard Agar as first-team coach, working under Tony Smith on a two-year contract.

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Agar quit at the Wildcats just over a week ago and will be part of a new backroom staff at the Wolves, where Smith's current assistant coaches Willie Poching and Richard Marshall will leave at the end of the season.

Smith, meanwhile, has extended his contract as head of coaching and rugby until the end of 2016, removing speculation linking him with a return to Australia.

Smith is already the longest-serving coach in Super League, having succeeded James Lowes in 2009 after stepping down as England boss.

The former Huddersfield and Leeds coach, who has taken the Wolves to back-to-back Grand Finals and to within 80 minutes of a fourth Challenge Cup final appearance, said: "Once again I am delighted to have extended my stay with this great club.

"It enables us to continue to build and develop and I am excited about the transition of our team going into the future.

"We have some very exciting prospects both within our ranks at present and the junior products that we have coming through.

"Although it's been quite flattering to be linked with the NRL, I have never been tempted to leave the position I currently hold with this fantastic club."

Agar, who was coach of France at the 2013 World Cup, spoke of his desire for a new challenge in Super League after quitting at Wakefield and Tuesday's appointment will put him in pole position to eventually succeed Smith at Warrington.

"While it was a difficult decision to leave Wakefield, naturally I am thrilled to get an opportunity to work at Warrington Wolves," Agar said.

"Working at one of the best clubs in the game, and under Tony Smith, I feel I can only enhance my development as a coach. I am thoroughly looking forward to contributing to what is already a successful team and organisation."

Agar, who was coach of Hull for three years before moving to Wakefield in 2011, will take up his job in November when Poching and Marshall move on.

Smith added: "I'd personally like to thank both Willie and Richard for what they have given to the club over the years and for the support they have given to me on both a personal and professional level. I look forward to watching them progress in their coaching careers in the future.

"They're fully committed to the club for the remainder of the season and will be doing everything within their power to help the Wolves have another successful season.

"Richard (Agar) and I have had a great respect for one another for a number of years, having first met Richard when I was assistant coach at Parramatta.

"I've been a big admirer of his coaching at each of the teams he has been at - often under testing circumstances - and I recognise and appreciate the type of rugby he encourages which fits our Warrington style of play.

"When Richard became available we were in the market for a first team coach for the 2015 season and he became an ideal candidate."