Album: Tony Iro Gone.
Vodafone Warriors assistant coach Tony Iro has been granted an early release from his contract to pursue other opportunities.<br /> Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said the club had been keen for Iro to continue in the role he has filled with the NRL side for the past three seasons.<br /> “Tony has made a major contribution since joining our football department in 2005, most recently with our NRL side,” he said.<br /> “It’s disappointing he won’t be staying on but we gave him time to make his decision and respect the choice he has made.<br /> “We’re extremely grateful for what Tony’s done for the Vodafone Warriors. He is looking at other opportunities and we wish him and his family all the best for the future.”<br /> Vodafone Warriors head coach Matt Elliott said he had hoped Iro would stay for the 2013 season and beyond.<br /> Iro, who coached the Vodafone Warriors in the National Youth Competition’s first two seasons in 2008 and 2009, said the decision was a difficult one.<br /> “After so long here, I had a lot to weigh up,” he said.<br /> “The Vodafone Warriors gave me the chance to start my coaching career. I’ve had plenty of great times with the club and I’ve learnt so much.<br /> “I’m grateful for the chance I was given to start my coaching career here but I’ve decided to move on to explore other opportunities. I want to thank all the coaching staff, players past and present and staff I’ve enjoyed working with.”<br /> As a player Iro made 25 Test appearances for the Kiwis from 1988-1998 and played almost 250 games in both the Australian and English competitions for Manly, the Sydney Roosters, Hunter, Adelaide, the Sydney Roosters, South Sydney, Wigan and Leigh.<br /> He joined the Vodafone Warriors as IT and video analyst in 2005 before becoming development coach in 2006. He has also been the Kiwis’ assistant coach since 2009 having served in the same role in 2006 and 2007.<br /> <br /> Link warriors.co.nz