Lee Briers reveals why he left Warrington Wolves for Wigan Warriors and the club he almost joined instead

Moving from the Warrington Wolves to the Wigan Warriors is always a big one.

But, for someone for such as Lee Briers whose whole career – almost – had been centred around Warrington, it was meteoric.

Having been assistant coach under Steve Price as well, Briers found himself without a contract for 2023 as the new head coach Daryl Powell arrived with his new team.

Briers had previously stated that the change in personnel at the club meant that his lack of a contract was understandable.

“It’s as simple as, my contract at Warrington was up and it wasn’t going to get renewed,” Briers told the Drop Goal podcast.

“Obviously Daryl (Powell) was coming in and wanted to bring his own staff in and I’ve got no problem with that.

“It’s the role that I am in where people change roles and people bring in their own staff and it’s fine.

“Unfortunately I had to move on which was hard and strange but that’s life.”

He also revealed at the time that he had a huge job offer from the other side of the world.

“I was close to joining another club in the NRL but that didn’t just get over the line.

“So, I had two clubs¬† – one in England which is one of, if not the most, successful clubs in England – and then probably the biggest one in Australia so it was really humbling to have those clubs show interest.

“But it just felt right to be at Wigan – it’s a massive club and I thank Matty, the chairman and Kris Radlinski for showing confidence in me and giving me the opportunity and hopefully I can repay that.”

Briers’ fit with Wigan seems perfect, with the former maverick halfback settling in seamlessly to the Wigan culture that head coach Matt Peet has created around the DW Stadium.

And, having tasted Challenge Cup success just months into his new role, the future is looking bright for both Briers and the Warriors.

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