Sam Burgess has now arrived at Warrington Wolves ahead of taking charge of the club in 2024.
The Wolves are still chasing that winning formula in the Betfred Super League. They have been one of the most ambitious clubs in the league but are routinely the bridesmaids in the competition.
It has been a vicious cycle of coming close to glory and falling short routinely since 2011.
That season marked a peak in Tony Smith’s project at the club who was the first coach to truly have an impact and make them into contenders.
There was more than one good team under Tony Smith as he led them to Grand Finals in 2012, 2013 and 2016.
After a difficult season in 2017, Smith left the club and Steve was hired to replace him.
Despite some success in some big games, Price never delivered the week to week consistency that the Wolves expected with the investment such as Gareth Widdop and George Williams being brought to the club.
The club then appointed Daryl Powell which was seen a truly exceptional appointment but for whatever reason the club this didn’t work.
So the Wolves have taken a massive punt and appointed Sam Burgess in his first Head Coaching role.
Burgess arrived in the country today as pictured on Warrington Wolves’ social media.
You can see it here.
Today marks the start of Warrington’s new era and they will be hoping that this bold appointment is the one to finally take them to the promised land.
Warrington have welcomed the likes of Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Rodrick Tai for next year.
Burgess is clearly ambitious having worked as assistant at South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Burgess said on the move: “I’m pleased to confirm I will take on the role of Head Coach at the Warrington Wolves for seasons 24/25.
“From playing in the Super League to having the opportunity to lead an incredible club, it’s a full circle moment and one I am fully committed to and excited by.
“I want to thank Simon [Moran], Stuart [Middleton] and Karl [Fitzpatrick] at the Wolves for their courage and collaboration, as I look forward to returning to England to coach this great club.
“To Russell [Crowe], Blake [Solly], JD [Demetriou] and the stakeholders at South Sydney, thank you for supporting me in taking on this new position. We still have an opportunity to play some great football for the remainder of the year and to do so alongside our current staff and squad, is my focus.”