Wolves confirm return of Richard Marshall

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WARRINGTON Wolves have confirmed Richard Marshall has returned to the club as Academy Head Coach.

Marshall, 46, led the club to Academy success in 2010 and was assistant to Tony Smith for three of the club’s Challenge Cup wins in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Since leaving the club, he has had spells as head coach at Halifax and Salford, either side of a spell as assistant at St Helens.

He replaces Paul Anderson, who left the Halliwell Jones Stadium recently to take up a role with England.

Marshall said: “I’m really excited to get started.

“I know the town, I know the people associated with the Club and I know a number of players within the Academy and I’m excited about the opportunity to develop our own homegrown players. It’s really important for the town that we do that. There’s a lot of talent in the area and we want to be bringing those players through and developing them.

“The Academy and Reserve grade are in a good place with some really good foundations. We saw last year some players coming into the first team and creating their own pathway and dynasty.

“I’ve also got a good relationship with Daryl Powell and I’m looking forward to working with him as well.”

The former England academy coach will be tasked to get the academy ready for the start of their season in March.

Warrington Wolves CEO Karl Fitzpatrick added: “I’m delighted to welcome Richard back to the Club.

“He is going to be an outstanding addition to the organisation and player development. He’s worked at every level within the professional game and has always had a real passion for developing players.

“As a proud Warringtonian he understands what this Club means to its community and he will be conveying this message to all the young athletes in the Academy. Producing your own players is vital for success and in recent years we’ve made some positive steps in this area.

“Under Richard’s guidance I’m confident the player production line will become stronger.”

Warrington Wolves Head Coach Daryl Powell said: “It’s an exciting time and an outstanding appointment.

“With Paul Anderson leaving the role we needed a quality candidate to replace him and I think Richard is the perfect fit for the role.

“He’s a quality coach who I’ve spent time with previously and I know really well. He’ll be ideal in linking with us in making sure we get the structures and philosophies to carry down right through to the young players at the club which is crucial.”

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