His departure from the Canterbury Bulldogs was somewhat unceremonious but a new role beckons for Trent Barrett as an assistant coach at the Parramatta Eels in 2023.
With many believing that his best work comes as an assistant, the move is music to the ears of Eels fans who have wanted experienced people around head coach Brad Arthur.
Barrett’s deal as assistant is for the 2023 and 2024 seasons and Arthur is confident that Barrett will prove to be an asset for the club once he joins.
“Trent has a wealth of football experience which he has harnessed over almost three decades as an elite player and coach, I’m sure he will contribute significantly to help enhance our football program,” Arthur said.
As a player, Barrett played 235 NRL games for Illawarra, St George Illawarra and Cronulla, and also played for Wigan, New South Wales and Australia.
His coaching career has seen him take two head coaching jobs with the Manly Sea Eagles and the Bulldogs.
His most noted assistant stint came during his time at the Penrith Panthers.
Eels General Manager of Football Mark O’Neill said that Arthur identified Barrett as a key man and believes the former head coach can perform well in his new role.
“Brad identified Trent Barrett as someone who could add great value to our football program,” said O’Neill.
“We all agreed that to be the case based on Trent’s credentials and experience.
“I know he will be a wonderful fit for our club as we seek to continuously improve each and every year. I look forward to welcoming Trent and his family to our club”.