Griffin to take over the coaching mantle at Dragons

Anthony Griffin during his days as Penrith Panthers coach

Anthony Griffin will be a head coach in the NRL once more, with the St George Illawarra Dragons signing the veteran coach for two seasons.

Griffin, who was previously at the Penrith Panthers and Brisbane Broncos, comes with a specific style and approach.

With a 55.5% win rate to his name and international experience as an assistant with Tonga, the club believe Griffin is their man.

“We are excited to announce that Anthony Griffin will be joining St George Illawarra next season,” said Dragons CEO Ryan Webb.

“Anthony is an experienced operator with a proven track record across his previous seven seasons as a head coach.

“The board of directors were unanimous in their decision on Monday afternoon in appointing Anthony ahead of the other candidates.

“Anthony has missed finals football only once which speaks to the strong discipline and ability to develop young talent of which he has exhibited both throughout his career.”

With their head coach in Griffin now sorted, the Dragons know that getting the pieces around him in the coaching ranks is crucial.

“The next steps for the Dragons are now determining the correct framework and structures to put around Anthony and the football department to ensure his tenure as coach is a successful one,” continued Webb.

Griffin is pleased to start in the role later this year.

“There is no doubt that St George Illawarra is one of the biggest and proudest clubs in the game and I am excited to commence my role as coach later in the year,” Griffin said.

“While results may not have gone in the club’s favour in recent years, I see many a positive in the playing squad and the current crop of juniors currently coming through the ranks.

“My goal is a simple one, to ensure the Dragons are a club that every member, partner and fan can be proud of moving forward.”

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