Warriors legend to take over Holden Cup side at season’s end

Stacey Jones

His name is forever etched in the New Zealand Warriors history and in the brains of Warriors fans and now, you will get to see and hear from a lot more, as Stacey Jones, perhaps the best halfback New Zealand has ever produced, will take over the mantle of the Warriors Holden Cup side at the end of the current season.

Taking over from John Ackland who has made a decision to step aside, Jones will be in charge of the U20’s side for the next 2 years, and will step down from his current position as junior recruitment and pathways coach.

Jones, who made a club record 261 appearances for the club and scored 674 points in 12 seasons at the club, says he is excited at the opportunity.

“I’m hugely excited about the opportunity to take on such an important role with the club that means so much to me,” he said.

“I moved into coaching after finishing my playing career and the more I got involved in it the more it became apparent to me that this was the direction I wanted to take after my playing career.

“I’m really enjoying the job I have now running our development programme and working with young elite players.

“Coaching the Vodafone Junior Warriors gives me the chance to go to the next level. I’m very excited about my new role and will give it my all.

“I understand and support the direction the club is heading and the vision (head coach) Matt (Elliott) and (general manager football operations) Dean (Bell) have if we’re to be successful and achieve what has eluded us for far too long – winning the NRL premiership.”

One person firmly supporting Jones and his new position blu electronic cigarettes, is current Warriors coach Matt Elliott.

“Stacey meets all the criteria required to be successful in this role,” he said.

“I’ve always admired him from afar and having worked alongside him at the club since coming to the Vodafone Warriors I’ve witnessed first-hand what he has to offer as a coach.

“Stacey is going to play a critical role in preparing our young players to the highest possible level in readiness for NRL football.”

Dean Bell, the Warriors General Manager of Football Operations knows Stacey perhaps better than others, having played alongside the influential halfback in the past and he, too, is excited to see Stacey in his new role.

“I’ve been working closely with Stacey in his current role and it’s clear the club’s young elite players will benefit enormously from his mentoring,” he said.

“He’s the greatest player this club has produced and has so much mana within the club’s organisation and across the community at large.

“He, more than anyone, knows what it takes to become a top NRL player.”

Warriors CEO Wayne Scurrah also praised the appointment and was well aware of the solid work Jones had done in his previous role at the club.

“Dean and his recruitment team have done a terrific job in attracting the best young players to the club and setting up a wider network of scouts,” he said.

“This has helped us to secure a number of talented young players such as Konrad Hurrell and Ngani Laumape, who have already played in the NRL, while there are also a number of others in line to follow them.

“What appealed to us when we appointed Matt was the clear vision he had for a club-wide approach to recruitment and development.”

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