It may be a move that has many scratching heads but the New Zealand Warriors have announced Nathan Brown as their new coach.
Brown has been given a three-year deal to try and turn the Warriors fortunes around.
Brown is a former St George Illawarra Dragons and Newcastle Knights coach, but had limited success at both.
The concern is there as to whether he is the right fit, but club CEO Cameron George says the club is pleased to have him on board.
“We couldn’t be more delighted to have Nathan as our new head coach,” said George.
“He has had an extensive involvement in the game as both a first-grade player and then as a coach in the NRL and the Super League.”
George praised the qualities that Brown brings to the role and his existing relationship with players and staff.
“He already has a relationship with our players, football staff and our club after being with us as a coaching consultant working with our hookers this season,” continued George.
“Nathan brings tremendous qualities to the role in every sense.”
Brown sees this as an opportunity for him to coach in the NRL again.
“I’m a career coach. I just love coaching and this job with the Vodafone Warriors is a fantastic opportunity,” Brown said.
“I spent time in Auckland during the preseason and was really impressed with the whole set-up, the players and the staff throughout the organisation.
“The Vodafone Warriors are hugely important to the competition. We’ve seen that this year with the sacrifices they’ve made to keep the NRL going. I can’t wait to get stuck in.”
In addition to Brown joining as head coach, the club have also confirmed that Phil Gould will join in a consultancy capacity.
Gould says he looks forward to the opportunity and knows the club needs to be strong for the NRL to thrive.
“There’s no question this is an exciting challenge,” said Gould.
“A strong Warriors club is a great asset to the NRL.
“Not to mention its importance to the continued development of international rugby league, which I know is a priority for Peter V’Landys and the ARL Commission.”