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Warrington Wolves head coach has a message for the fans ahead of his final game in charge

It's sure to be an emotional weekend for Warrington coach Tony Smith.

After nine years at the club he'll say goodbye at tomorrow's game against Hull KR.

He had this message for Wolves fans.

Warrington's Kurt Gidley to retire at the end of the season

Warrington's former Australia international Kurt Gidley has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old full-back or half-back is halfway through the second of two 12-month deals with the Wolves, having previously been a one-club man for hometown club Newcastle Knights for 14 years.

Gidley, who has so far made 48 appearances for Warrington including last year's Challenge Cup final and Grand Final, will take his family back to Newcastle at the end of the year.

"I'm really grateful that I got the opportunity to play here at the back end of my career and experience playing in Super League for a great club," Gidley said.

"I always had two years in my own head, signing a one-year deal and then extending for another year. I knew deep down that two years was probably the right amount of time although I was open to playing more.

"Coming into this season this decision has to do with not wanting to push myself too far and wanting to finish on my own terms. I've never been motivated by money to play an extra year and I'm content with what I've done in my career.

"I wanted to let my teammates know first and then everyone else as it then helps me move on and enjoy the rest of the year. I'm content with what I've achieved so far at Warrington and I'd like us to finish on a high note."


Warrington and Widnes prepare for new Super League season

Once again there'll be a lot of expectation on Warrington in this year's Super League after they've recruited well.

One of their biggest signings is Widnes Vikings' Kevin Brown. So what does that do to both clubs' ambitions?

Chris Hall has been finding out.

Kevin Brown unveiled as Warrington Wolves player

Kevin Brown poses for a group photo with his new teammates. Credit: ITV Granada

Warrington Wolves fans have had the chance to get their first glimpse of Kevin Brown in the team's colours, after one of the most high profile signings in Rugby League.

The former Widnes half back replaces the controversial Chris Sandow, who broke his contract to return to Australia at the end of last season.

By contrast, Brown says he previously put club loyalty ahead of moves to St Helens and Australia.

Dom Crosby swaps Wigan for Warrington

The 25-year-old will join the Wolves for the 2016/17 campaign Credit: PA

Wigan Warriors prop forward Dom Crosby has left the club to join rivals Warrington Wolves.

The 25-year-old broke into the first team at the DW Stadium in 2013, playing in four consecutive Grand Finals and making 102 appearances for the Warriors.

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan said the club were unable to commit to a new and improved contract for Crosby.

After internal discussions, it was felt that the team had more than enough strength in the front-row to allow Dom to leave. The arrival of Romain Navarrete and the promising future for Academy graduate, Joe Bretherton, is a cost-effective and highly promising pairing for the future which, together with our existing 7 senior middles, gives us more than enough coverage in this position.

– Ian Lenagan, Chairman

Having handed Dom his debut in 2012 it has been a pleasure to watch him grow and mature both on and off the field. Dom has enjoyed success at the Wigan Club winning two Grand Finals and playing over 100 games. He endured a difficult spell at the start of the year because of injury but bounced back well and deservedly walked away from Old Trafford last week with a winners' ring.

This was a difficult decision but one that we felt was right for all parties. Everyone at the Club wishes Dom well.

– Shaun Wane, Head Coach
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