Lee Briers

He might be injured at the moment, but the Warrington Wolves have planned for the future appointing stand-off Lee Briers a coaching role at the Wolves U19’s Academy.

With a neck injury sidelining him since Rd 2 of the season, the 34-year old’s new role will work in conjunction with his playing career.

Briers playing career has been full of highlights to date since joining the Wire back in 1997, making 400 appearances for the club and is currently their highest point-scorer.

“I just went down to help take my mind off being injured and take the focus off that. I loved it,” Briers said.

“I don’t know if it’s fortunate or unfortunate that Gary Chambers got the job for Swinton but the club then asked me to take it up on a more permanent basis.

“I’m really enjoying it. It is good to see the young kids learning and then putting that onto the field.

“It’s what I want to do [in the future]. The club has been fabulous with me. They’ve given me that stepping stone now to hopefully take the role on more seriously when I do retire.”

Tony Smith, Warrington coach, says that with Briers previous coaching experience with the juniors and the Welsh side have helped ready him for this new role.

“Lee’s been doing some work with juniors at the club for a little while but it’s good to see him progress to something more official.

“He already has some experience with Wales but it’s great to now see him pass on some of his knowledge to those within the club he’s been with for so long.

“He’s really keen to pursue a coaching career and it’s great that we can help with this, but his priority is still playing for the Wolves.”

By ricky

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