He was the coach of the club for a few short weeks following the sacking of Brian McClennan, and an Assistant Coach for 3 years, but for Tony Iro, the time has come for him to pursue other opportunities – resulting in the the New Zealand Warriors granting his request, allowing him to leave his contract early.
Whilst the club was keen for Iro to continue in the role he has been in for the past three seasons, they did not stand in his way, and are grateful for his services to the club.
â€œTony has made a major contribution since joining our football department in 2005, most recently with our NRL side,â€ he said.
â€œItâ€™s disappointing he wonâ€™t be staying on but we gave him time to make his decision and respect the choice he has made.
œWeâ€™re extremely grateful for what Tonyâ€™s done for the Vodafone Warriors. He is looking at other opportunities and we wish him and his family all the best for the future.â€
Iro, who was also the coach of the 2008 and 2009 Toyota Cup sides for the New Zealand Warriors, said that the time was right to seek new opportunities, but he is forever grateful for the 5 years he spent at the Warriors organisation.
â€œAfter so long here, I had a lot to weigh up,â€ he said.
â€œThe Vodafone Warriors gave me the chance to start my coaching career. Iâ€™ve had plenty of great times with the club and Iâ€™ve learnt so much.
â€œIâ€™m grateful for the chance I was given to start my coaching career here but Iâ€™ve decided to move on to explore other opportunities. I want to thank all the coaching staff, players past and present and staff Iâ€™ve enjoyed working with.â€