Super League Warrington Wolves

Price extends Wolves stay

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Warrington Wolves’ head coach Steve Price has signed a two-year extension to his deal with the club which will see him stay with The Wire until the end of the 2021 campaign.

Price took control of Warrington ahead of the 2018 campaign after Tony Smith’s reign ended with a disappointing 2017 season which saw the club having to fight for their Super League survival in The Qualifiers. Formerly assistant coach at Cronulla, 40-year-old Price guided Warrington to both showpiece finals in 2018 but ended on the losing side to Catalans and Wigan in the Challenge Cup and Grand Finals respectively.

Nevertheless, the Australian improved the team’s forwards vastly and some are already suggesting that 2019 may finally the The Wolves’ year. “I love being part of Warrington and my wife and kids are happy and settled here,” Price told the club’s official websiteCommitted to the future of Warrington, the head coach is now looking to add trophies, explaining “it’s a fantastic club with great people involved, so I wasn’t going anywhere. I came here for a reason, to get that silverware. I honestly feel we can make a difference with the strength of our playing group and I’m really looking forward to 2019.”

Warrington kick off their Super League campaign against Leeds Rhinos at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on February 2nd.

Huddersfield Giants Super League

Thorman leaves Giants

Huddersfield Giants have this morning confirmed that first team coach Chris Thorman has left the club, ending his six-year spell on the club’s staff.

Prior to taking a coaching role at the club, the former England international made a century of appearances for the West Yorkshire club and started his coaching career with York. Earlier in 2018, 38-year-old Thorman took the helm at Huddersfield after Rick Stone was sacked. During his spell as caretaker prior to Simon Woolford joining the club, the North East native took charge of ten matches.

In a short statement released on the club’s official website, managing director Richard Thewlis remarked of how well thought of Thorman is at the Giants. “Chris will be remembered fondly by the Giants supporters for his time both playing and coaching at the Club,” he outlined. “He is without doubt someone with the best interest of the Club at heart and I know this decision to move on was a very difficult one for him to take. We all here wish him well in the future.”

Super League Wakefield Trinity

Chester extends Trinity reign

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Chris Chester has signed a new three-year deal with Wakefield Trinity after enjoying an impressive period as head coach of the club since joining in March 2016.

Despite inferior resources to many of their Super League rivals, former Hull KR boss Chester has guided the Belle Vue club to successive fifth placed finishes in the past two seasons and has seen key players like Tom Johnstone and Reece Lyne awarded with international call ups this post-season.

Chester’s original deal was due to expire at the end of the 2019 campaign and Wakefield owner Michael Carter was delighted to announce his extension. “We have been having a chat for six months about tying Chris down for a further length of time,” he told the media, adding that “it is fantastic news for everyone associated with the club.”

Chester, who also is joint-head coach of Scotland’s national team, was pleased to have put pen to paper, saying that “we are very settled here, I am a Wakefield Trinity fan and a Wakefield lad and I am delighted to have agreed another three years.”

Brisbane Broncos NRL opinion South Sydney Rabbitohs

Opinion: Bennett and Seibold much switch immediately

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With the announcements earlier this month that Wayne Bennett and Anthony Seibold are set to complete one of the most sensational coaching switches in NRL history by swapping roles at Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs respectively, it is imperative that the pair complete those moves ahead of the 2019 campaign.

As it stands, England boss Bennett and NRL’s Coach of the Year Seibold are set to go through 2019 with their current clubs before passing each other for 2020 but, with the pair set to complete a straight swap, the logistics would suggest an immediate change is possible. Indeed, for the players that would surely be the preferred outcome. The Rabbitohs’ playing staff are believed to be both annoyed and frustrated at Seibold’s decision to jump ship – something the former Celtic Crusaders assistant denied recently. Nevertheless, with both the Broncos and Rabbitohs having key players out of contract at the end of 2019, both coaches should move immediately to ensure they can retain the players they believe will be key for them in 2020.

Indeed, both forward Tevita Pangai Junior and centre James Roberts – key players for the Broncos currently – have indicated that they would be willing to leave the club following Bennett’s exit and, given that Darius Boyd has played under Bennett for pretty much his whole career, Seibold and the Broncos will have a lot of work on – either to persuade their stars to stay put under their new coach who is hugely inexperienced compared to ‘super-coach’ Bennett or to recruit quality players to replace them.

Either way, 2019 will, in all probability, be a tricky one for both clubs if the coaches remain with their current club. If the going gets tough, accusations will be thrown that the helmsmen have almost thrown in the towel ahead of their moves while players may question the loyalty of their coaches. It would also be tricky for the same players to commit their futures beyond 2019 without having experienced first hand how they fit into their new coaches’ systems and plans as well as whether the environment fostered will suit them. Bearing that in mind, an immediate switch would certainly benefit both clubs more than Bennett and Seibold staying put ahead of moving in 2020, a year which would be a transition year for both clubs unless the switch in the hotseat happens before the 2019 campaign commences.