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Tony Smith will have say in Warrington's ClubCall

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Warrington coach Tony Smith will have a say in the outcome of Super League's controversial ClubCall despite his much-stated dislike of the concept, according to his club chief executive Andy Gatcliffe.

Smith has been a consistent critic of the right of a team to choose their semi-final opponents, labelling it a "crazy gimmick".

The Wolves, who inherited ClubCall from Huddersfield after the table-topping Giants lost their opening play-off tie, will announce their decision at a press conference at noon on Sunday.

Smith will be on a four-strong panel sitting down today to determine whether Huddersfield or Leeds visit the Halliwell Jones Stadium for the first semi-final on Thursday.

He will be joined by Gatcliffe, club owner Simon Moran and chairman Stephen Broomhead, who will make the announcement live on Sky Sports News.

"We will all have our own say which will go into the mixing pot and we'll see what comes out of it," Gatcliffe said.

The league leaders have yet to be chosen in the five years of the innovative ClubCall but Warrington will be sorely tempted to break new ground after beating Huddersfield three times already this year.

"We will be taking various factors into account, like performances, how they finished in the league, how strong they are at this moment in time, all the usual things," Gatcliffe said.

Smith at one point threatened to toss a coin "if they make me participate" but Gatcliffe believes ClubCall has at least raised awareness of the play-offs.

"It seems to have got a lot of people talking about it, which is good," he said.

"The play-offs confuse a lot of people, especially having eight teams in it, but this has added a different flavour and extra excitement.

"It gives us good media coverage, which is also good for the game."