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Warrington Wolves chief Tony Smith excited to work with Richie Myler, Ryan Atkins and David Solomona
WOLVES chief Tony Smith cannot wait to start working with Wolves new boys.
Richie Myler, Ryan Atkins and David Solomona were unveiled as the club's high-profile recruits for 2010 at a press conference earlier today.
And a beaming Smith could not hide his delight as he talked about what each would be able to bring to the club.
Scrum half Myler will provide depth at pivot, where Wolves can already call on the services of Lee Briers, Michael Monaghan and Jon Clarke among others, and possesses boundless potential.
The 19-year-old becomes the most expensive teenager in rugby league history after joining Warrington for a reported fee of around £200,000 and Smith is well aware of his qualities having already coached him within the England set-up.
"Richard can help in the half-back position and we're keen to strengthen that area," said Wolves' head of coaching.
"His talent in his support play, the way he organises his team and his kicking game will be great attributes for us.
"I've had a brief stint of working with Richard and we've enjoyed working together on previous occasions so we're looking forward to it in the long-term."
Smith has also worked with 23-year-old centre Atkins in his role as England head coach.
Despite his ascent to the national team, the Wakefield man has sometimes been criticised for the limitations in his game.
But Smith is impressed by Atkins' raw talent and says he has shown great willingness to improve further.
"Ryan is a big, powerful young man with good speed as well and I think he's looking to develop his skills and I'm happy to help him in that area," said Smith.
"What he'll bring to us is a lot more depth in that position but I think there's a lot more to come from Ryan.
"I don't think he'll mind me saying he's pretty much raw material and he's looking to develop that so I'm looking forward to working with him in that respect."
Meanwhile, Solomona has endured a difficult season with Bradford, having been sidelined since April after dislocating shoulder.
That setback came only three games into his return from a previous dislocation, while a knee injury delayed his start to the 2008 season.
But even though the 31-year-old New Zealander has only played 23 games in two years, Smith is confident he can return to peak condition and believes his unpredictability will be vital to Wolves.
He said: "Sola speaks for himself. He turns games on his own sometimes and the impact that he can have on a game is enormous.
"We probably lack a bit of that area ourselves and whether he's a starting player or he comes off the bench, to have an influence on a game like he can have is a great attribute to have."
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