Lee Briers’ long association with Warrington set to end
Lee Briers will leave his role as Warrington assistant at the end of the Super League season, bringing a 25-year stay at the club as player and coach to a conclusion.
Briers joined from St Helens as a teenager in 1997 and went on to become Wolves’ all-time leading points scorer with 2,586 in 425 appearances, while he helped them win three Challenge Cups and one League Leaders’ Shield.
He brought the curtain down on an illustrious playing career in 2013 and took up roles with Wire’s youth and reserve sides before being appointed as understudy to Steve Price three years ago.
“I’m extremely thankful to the club for the last 25 years,” Briers said on the club’s official website. “I’ve achieved some incredible things and have loved every minute of my time here.
“I’ve experienced everything – the highs, the lows and the in-betweens. I want to thank all the fans for taking me in back in 1997 as a young boy who’s now leaving as a man.
“It is an emotional and scary time to be leaving after 25 years but on reflection this is the right time to go and experience something else which is quite exciting and scary at the same time.”
Briers, who won the Lance Todd Trophy when Warrington defeated Leeds in the 2010 Challenge Cup final, is not the only outgoing coach, with fellow assistant Andrew Henderson, plus head analyst Jack Phillips, also set to leave at the end of the campaign, when Daryl Powell will take over as Warrington boss, replacing Price.
“I would like to thank Lee for his loyalty and commitment over the past 25 seasons as a player and a coach at our great club,” Warrington chairman Stuart Middleton added.
“Lee has earned the right to be called ‘Wire legend’ and sits amongst the greats that have donned the primrose and blue, and deservedly so. We wish him well for the future.”