DanielÂ Anderson has officially been signed as head coachÂ by the Eels clubÂ today, returning home to Parramatta after former boss Michael Hagan quit his post a full year before his time was up.
Anderson, formerly aÂ coach with St Helens andÂ the NZÂ Warriors in recent times will now try and guide the Eels to glory, signed until 2011 – with big expectations of early positive resultsÂ given his recent success, and previous knowledge of the Eels infrastructure; which should allow him to hit the ground running.
After the shock departure of HaganÂ after an average 2008Â season, many expectedÂ Anderson would get the post at his old club. It was also believed regular headlines throwing the hats of Stephen Kearney and other coaches into the ring, were purely leaked to drive Andersons price down.
Anderson, 41, is a successfulÂ triple Challenge Cup and Super League tournament winner in the UK with St Helens and returns to Parramatta into familiar surroundings; as he spent most of his life in the Western Sydney area.
Other impressive stats on Andersons resume include the only NRL grand final appearance for the NZ Warriors in 2002 and also time spent at the helm of the New Zealand national squad between 2003 and 2005.
Anderson spent time under previous boss Brian Smith at the Eels earlier in the decade after snaring the lower grades 1999 premiership for the Eels.
“I have a long history with the Parramatta club and I consider it a real privilege to be given the opportunity to coach the team over the next three years,” Anderson said.
“I started my coaching career here back in 1991 and it’s long been a goal of mine to return. I’m a Parramatta boy, I grew up here and, apart from the last eight years, I’ve spent my life here.
“Needless to day I’m incredibly enthusiastic about the opportunity that I have been given and I look forward to helping the team and the club rise up the ladder.”
AndersonÂ was already back in the country with family after finishing his duties in the UK and will immediately come on board with the Eels this week.
“We as a club are very pleased to have Daniel on board,” Eels chief executive Denis Fitzgerald said.
“He has proven himself to be one of the best rugby league coaches in the world having had success in Australia, New Zealand and England, and he’s also had great success in big games.
“Furthermore he’s well aware of the structure throughout all levels at Parramatta and he’s showed tremendous enthusiasm to get on with the job.
“In short, he’s desperate to win an NRL premiership at the club, where his illustrious career began, and were confident in his ability to help deliver that.”