Smith unhappy over Higham episode

Warrington Wolves head xoach Tony Smith
Warrington Wolves head xoach Tony Smith

WARRINGTON boss Tony Smith says Micky Higham’s departure for Leigh has ended an “unpleasant period” for the club.

The hooker today re-signed for his hometown club despite having his move blocked by the Wolves last week.

Centurions have paid £50,000 to secure Higham’s services but Smith is seemingly unhappy with the whole episode.

“We weren’t after transfer fees, that’s not what we’re about,” he said. “We want people who are 100 per cent committed. I suppose the compensation is there to try and stop people coming in and trying to take your players when they’re under contract, rather than a money-making situation.

“We weren’t after a money-making situation, but we did want to be compensated for when a club comes in and takes one of your only two hookers for the season, when you go into the season with only two hookers and you’re not going to let them march out the door for nothing.

“It hasn’t been a pleasant period for the club and players when a player decides to do that mid-season.”