Returning Smith hails recent Super League changes

New Hull KR boss Tony Smith says the recent changes made to the competition were a factor in his decision to return.

Before stepping down as Warrington coach in 2017, Smith expressed his displeasure at the Super 8s format and his disappointment with the wider direction the game was headed.

But in an interview with the Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien, Smith says he’s positive about the progress made under Super League chief executive Robert Elstone, who the new Robins boss worked alongside at the Wolves.

He said: “That’s part of the appeal of coming back in.

“That’s why possibly at different stages I haven’t pursued coming back into the sport.

“I’m glad there’s been some changes and I think they’re positive changes.

“The appointment of Rob as head of Super League has been a good one and the restructuring of the competition is positive.”

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