When you think of legends of the New Zealand Warriors, one name immediately springs to mind – that of Stacey Jones, with the former halfback and NZ representative joining the club, in a full-time coaching and recruitment role.
Dean Bell, the Warriors General Manager of Football Operations, said that the club is thrilled to have Stacey back at the club, and cannot wait for him to commence his new role.
â€œWe couldnâ€™t be happier having someone of Staceyâ€™s standing returning to the club in this role,â€ he said.
â€œFollowing on from Ruben Wikiâ€™s appointment a week ago, Stacey is also keen to pursue his future as a coach and this is an ideal opportunity for him to develop.
â€œBesides key responsibilities in recruitment and coaching in our development system, having our halves throughout the club mentored by one of the gameâ€™s greatest halfbacks is hugely exciting.
â€œ(Head coach) Matt (Elliott) was keen to create this role in the club and to also have Stacey taking it on.
For Jones, who has had an illustrious career with the Warriors, he is just looking forward to rejoining the club and getting stuck into some hard work.
â€œIâ€™m so excited about coming back into the club in this role,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™ve learned so much working with the Auckland Rugby League recently and also coaching at grass roots level with the Pirates.
â€œTo now have a fulltime job like this back at the Vodafone Warriors is perfect.
â€œThere are so many good things going on with the club at the moment. I canâ€™t wait to be involved again with the new football staff and the new direction.â€
To coincide with his new role, Jones will also be responsible for monitoring the future pathways of young players, looking to cement first-grade spots.
â€œThis is an area of the role which Matt places special value on in terms of his vision for the club as a whole,â€ said Bell.
â€œIt will see Stacey having the responsibility of ensuring all our young players progress to the different levels of the game at the appropriate stage of their development.â€