Briers coaching class
Warrington Wolves are delighted to confirm Lee Briers has taken on a coaching role within the club's under 19s Academy.
Halfback Lee, 34, will work alongside the newly appointed head coach Danny Fullerton and assistant coaches Chris Rudd and Pete Nicholson.
Lee joined the club back in 1997 and has since made over 400 appearances in primrose and blue. He is the leading points scorer in Warrington's history and has played an integral part in the team's recent success now with three Challenge Cup winners medals and a Grand Final appearance to his name.
His years of experience in the top flight will be invaluable to the players coming through the club's academy ranks. Already involved in the international coaching system with Wales Rugby League Lee will now apply this at club level preparing the next group of players for the professional game.
Head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said: "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."
This coaching role will run alongside his playing career as he now prepares to return to action in the next few weeks following a spell on the sideline through injury. Lee's current playing contract runs until the end of this season, November 2013.
Lee explains how it all came about: "I just went down to help take my mind off being injured and take the focus off that. I loved it. 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."
He added on his interest in coaching in the future: "I've made no secret of that - it's what I want to do. 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."
Ben Lazenby added: "Lee has worked with some of the finest coaches in the world and has gained valuable domestic and international playing experience. It is great to see that knowledge and experience being passed down to the Warrington Wolves junior players. He has a great way with the lads and all will benefit hugely from his involvement."
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15, Apr, 2013