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Wigan Warriors general manager Kris Radlinski (pictured) with former Wigan Warriors - and also ex-Vodafone Warriors - Jerry Seuseu (left) and Dean Bell (right).

The Vodafone Warriors are hosting Wigan Warriors general manager Kris Radlinski this week as the two NRL and Super League clubs continue to develop a formal partnership.

Radlinski is spending three days in Auckland sharing ideas with Vodafone Warriors management and staff on the clubs commercial and football operations.

His visit follows a similar trip Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah and general manager football operations Dean Bell made to Wigan recently.

It makes a lot of sense for us to build towards a sister club relationship, he said.

We have the Warriors name in common and are looking to work together in all sorts of ways for the mutual benefit of both clubs.

Our trip to England gave us a great insight into the way Wigan is run. Its a club with such a fantastic history which we can learn a lot from.

Radlinski has moved into the management team at Wigan after ending his playing career in 2006; an outstanding fullback, he played 30 Tests for Great Britain and England and made 322 appearances for the Wigan Warriors.

After a recruitment trip to Australia, Radlinski said a partnership between the two clubs would prove invaluable.

Ive been here only a day but theres plenty Ive learnt already that I can take back with me about how the Vodafone Warriors run their business, he said.

There are also many areas where the two of us can combine on projects.

Scurrah and Radlinski said the possibility of a preseason match between the two clubs sometime in the future was appealing, a fixture which could be played in England or New Zealand or perhaps elsewhere.

Bell, a legendary figure at Wigan after his 253-game career, said a junior player exchange programme was also being discussed.
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