After much debate, and missing out on future Knights coach, Wayne Bennett, the South Sydney Rabbitohs have announced the signing of Wigan coach Michael Maguire as their new coach, from 2012 for 3 years.
Maguire, who was a previous assistant under current Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy, is returning to the NRL for the first time since that period.
Shane Richardson, Souths CEO says that Maguire is highly regarded amongst peers both here in Australia and overseas.
â€œWeâ€™re very pleased to have Michael joining us for our next three premiership campaigns and hopefully many more successful years to follow,â€ Mr Richardson said.
â€œWe have worked hard to build a strong culture at the Rabbitohs over recent years and from our discussions with Michael we have determined that he is the right the man to come into this Club and take us to the next level.
â€œHe is highly respected in the Rugby League community and has learned his trade under some of the best coaches in the game including Craig Bellamy. We believe that he will not only develop our top 17 players, but the Club as a whole.
â€œHe has already had great success with Wigan and Melbourne, and weâ€™re looking forward to him bringing those experiences to our Club from next season.
â€œIn saying all of that there is still work to be done in season 2011 and John Lang is doing a great job with our current squad.
â€œHeâ€™s working as hard, and is equally as passionate today, as he was when he first started coaching and weâ€™re looking forward to a successful season this year, before having Michael join us next season.â€
Maguire is pleased that he is returning home to coach in the NRL, and he looks forward to his time with the Bunnies.
“The Rabbitohs have a strong playing list, renowned history and big expectations. I look forward to working with everyone in the organisation to drive towards the success the Club desires,â€ Maguire said.
“I wish John all the best for the 2011 season and look forward to starting a new challenge in November.”