Changes continue at a daily rate at the Warriors with Dean Bell appointed to the new position of general manager of football operations.
It represents a significant elevation for the club's foundation skipper who returned from Britain in 2007 to take over the club's player welfare and recruitment.
He will still retain control of that area but his new role comes after the review into the club's on-field disasters this year.
Bell, 50, will work alongside newly appointed NRL coach Matt Elliott, who he helped select last week.
"I'm excited about the direction we're heading in, about Matt's vision for the club and I'm determined to play a big part in it," Bell said.
"My job will be to ensure the operational side of our football department is fully integrated and provides seamless support for Matt so he can focus purely on football and especially our NRL team."
In explaining the new role, Warriors CEO Wayne Scurrah said Bell would be charged with covering all operational aspects of the club's football programme from the development squad, through the under-20s, the Vulcans and the first-grade squad.
"The role will complement Matt's position, giving him vital support to concentrate on all coaching, training and other demands in the football area with special focus on our NRL team," Scurrah said.
The Warriors are still to appoint Elliott's assistant coaches and fitness trainer.
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