Warrington Wolves have confirmed that assistant coach and club legend Lee Briers will leave the club at the end of the 2021 season.
Fellow Assistant Coach Andrew Henderson and Head of Analysts Jack Phillips will also leave at the end of the current campaign.
Briers joined from St Helens as an 18-year-old back in 1997 and went on to have a glittering playing career with the club becoming our all-time leading points scorer with 2,586 points during his 425 appearances in the primrose and blue.
After retiring, the former playmaker has worked his way through the coaching ranks as Head Coach of the Wolves’ u19s and Reserves sides, before being appointed Assistant Coach under Steve Price in 2018.
During his time at the club, Briers won three Challenge Cups as a player, including the Lance Todd Trophy in 2010, and was assistant coach for Warrington’s memorable 2019 Challenge Cup victory at Wembley.
Commenting on the news, Briers said: “I’m extremely thankful to the Club for the last 25 years.
“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. We as a family have all taken to Warrington and my kids have both grown up to be big Warrington fans.
🤩 Here’s a throwback to September 2006, when his 50th-career drop goal earned the Wolves a first-ever Super League play-off win! pic.twitter.com/JMDrbRl3iG
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“There are thousands of people I could thank who had a big impact on my career both in playing and in coaching.
“I thank Darryl van de Velde first and foremost for bringing me to the club along with Peter Higham. Paul Cullen too for giving me the opportunity to captain this great club.
“Tony Smith came in and was sensational in the development of me – he bettered me as a person which I’m very thankful for.
“Pricey [Steve Price] as well for giving me my first assistant coach role. Ourselves and our families have become really close over the past few years.
“The Supporters’ Trust have also been a massive part of my life ever since I had a Testimonial and I’m grateful for everything they do.
“I also can’t thank Simon Moran enough for everything he’s done for me over the years.
“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. I wish Daryl Powell and the Club all the best for 2022 onwards.”
Warrington Wolves Chairman Stuart Middleton said: “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.
“There are many memorable moments during his tenure including those trademark drop goals!
“I will always remember the moment we won the Challenge Cup semi-final against Wigan at the Halton Stadium that got us to Wembley after a 19-year absence. Lee looked up and pointed to the sky with tears running down his face in memory of his Brother Brian. It was fitting that we went on to bring the cup home after 35 years.
“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.”