Sam Burgess tipped to use Warrington Wolves as stepping stone

Warrington Wolves parted company with former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell after a shock defeat to Wakefield Trinity.

In his first season with the Wolves after amazing success with Castleford was a surprise at first as they struggled and finished 11th but it seemed Powell was putting his stamp on things.

That initially seemed to be working in 2023 as they won their opening three games but suddenly their form fell off a cliff.

They have shown relegation form since their run of wins was dramatically ended at the hands of Wigan Warriors and St Helens.

Their play-off hopes are no longer strong but they are also looking ahead to 2024 and after a failed effort to bring in former St Helens boss Justin Holbrook they have shifted focus to legendary player Sam Burgess.

He emerged as the favourite for the role and yesterday the reports were that the Wolves had begun negotiations over the huge move with the news confirmed last night.

Following this development Matty Johns has had his say on Burgess’ future.

He backed Burgess to take over at Warrington only to then leave the Wolves behind in the future to take over at an NRL club in the future.

“I think Sam Burgess will be outstanding,” Johns said on Sunday Night with Matty Johns.

“I think Sam will have a long and successful coaching career.

“I think if he is given the job he will head over to Warrington. Then in my opinion I think he will be back here coaching an NRL side.

“He is a great leader. He has got great tactical sense and he is a player’s man.”

Meanwhile, Nathan Hindmarsh would also back Burgess for success as a coach.

“He is respected within the players and the playing group,” Hindmarsh said.

“I think that is a big plus for him. They know what he has done as a player. He has had some great mentors that he has been underneath as an understudy. I think he will do a great job.”

There has been no official update from the Wolves about the potential appointment of Burgess.