Kevin Brown admits coach Steve Price deserves huge credit for the changes he has brought about at Warrington. The Australian took charge at the Wolves at the start of the year and has coached them through to the Super 8s with ease, while Saturday sees them take on Catalans Dragons in the Challenge Cup final.
It is a far cry from 12 months ago when, in Brown’s first season, the Wire failed to make any inroads and found themselves facing the possibility of relegation through the Qualifiers, less than a year after losing the Grand Final to Wigan.
The 33-year-old admits he was left aghast at some of the things that went on in Tony Smith’s final season and has credited Price’s determination to restore the right standards as the key reason for the club’s improvement.
He admitted to League Express: “I couldn’t believe the state of the club given how close it was to becoming champions the season before.
“It was frightening in regards to standards and how far they’d slipped – it was an eye-opener. It wasn’t a happy time but things got so bad, they simply had to change. Now we’ve got expectations across the club from the playing staff through to the off-field staff, we’re in it together.
“What we have got is a team-first mentality now; things like time-keeping, punctuality… they weren’t top of the agenda last year. I always believe you work as a team, but we didn’t have anything like that last year.
“Anyone who says we did is kidding themselves. Steve demands that from us and because it’s taken time to change it, I can 100 per cent testify to the state of the club now.”