After the unceremonious dismissal/resignation of sorts of Nathan Brown, the New Zealand Warriors have their man with Andrew Webster signing on head coach.

Webster, currently an assistant at the Penrith Panthers, has been given an early release by his current club to take up the head coaching deal at the Warriors.

Panthers CEO Matt Cameron says although they do not want to see him go, they determined it was not right to deny him an opportunity to lead.

“Although we’re saddened to see Andrew depart the club at season’s end, it’s rewarding to see a valued member of the club progress to the next stage of their career,” Cameron said.

“Working alongside NRL head coach Ivan Cleary and the entire football staff, Andrew has been influential in providing an environment for players to flourish, and played a key role in leading the Panthers to premiership success.

“On behalf of all at Panthers, we would like to wish Andrew and his wife Emily all the best in the next chapter of their lives, but we look forward to him finishing the 2022 season with Panthers.”

Unlike most coaches, Webster began his career quite early on at just 23 with most of his younger days coming in England with Super League side Hull KR.

Prior to joining Penrith as an assistant, Webster also had coaching stints at the Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels and the Warriors.

Warriors CEO Cameron George believes that appointing Webster is an advantage as he already knows the ins and outs of the club from his last stint as an assistant.

“Andrew has a great understanding of the Vodafone Warriors from his time here. He truly believes in what our club has, our values, what we stand for and where we can go,” said George.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to secure a coach of his calibre.

“He has terrific experience at three clubs, not least at the Penrith Panthers where he played such a critical role in helping them to the premiership last season.”

The Warriors side have always struggled with consistency but Webster is hopeful he can come in, make some changes and buck that trend.

“I’m excited and honoured about becoming head coach at the Vodafone Warriors,” Webster said.

“I loved my time in Auckland when I was last there and I’m really looking forward to making it home again.

“I feel we have a real opportunity to progress the club and I can’t wait to hit the ground in November.”

Andrew Webster during his last stint at the Warriors

By ricky

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