Josh Hannay has been confirmed as an assistant coach for the Queensland Maroons as head coach Billy Slater begins to assemble his assist workers.
Hannay, who’s at present an assistant coach for the Cronulla Sharks, stuffed the identical position below former coach Kevin Walters through the 2018 Origin collection — Slater’s final as a participant.
The 41-year-old stepped up because the interim North Queensland Cowboys coach in 2020 after Paul Inexperienced and the membership parted methods. He joined the Sharks this 12 months and after John Morris was axed, Hannay once more stepped in and led the membership to a ninth place end, narrowly lacking out on finals.
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“I’m honoured to be concerned in a brand new teaching group with Billy and the opposite individuals he’s going to have on board,” Hannay mentioned by way of a Queensland Rugby League assertion.
“To be a part of that’s going to be thrilling, but in addition (we’re) aware of the problem forward in getting the defend again in opposition to a New South Wales staff that appears most likely as sturdy because it has been in a very long time.”
Slater has been impressed by the way in which Hannay has thrived in difficult conditions at each the Cowboys and Sharks and believes he has a number of potential.
“I believe he’s received an enormous future within the teaching recreation and it’s solely a matter of time earlier than he’s main his personal membership,” Slater mentioned.
“He’s had a number of expertise after being handed the reins in some robust circumstances (within the NRL) and I believe he’s dealt with himself rather well.
“Each dealing that I’ve had with him, whether or not or not it’s at Origin degree or all through the media, has been constructive and I believe he’s received a very clever soccer thoughts that can add a number of worth to the enjoying group which is what we’re in search of.”
Hannay will doubtless be part of Maroons legend Johnathan Thurston, who was an assistant to Paul Inexperienced throughout this 12 months’s collection.
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In response to The Courier Mail, Slater — who was introduced because the Maroons’ new coach final month — can also be in talks with Cameron Smith to hitch the workers.
Smith, a former Maroons captain, performed 42 video games for Queensland over 15 years. He now resides on the Gold Coast together with his household and can reportedly solely be part of Slater if the Maroons aren’t compelled right into a bubble.
“I’ve spoken to Cam and Johnathan (Thurston),” Slater mentioned.
“There’s nonetheless some issues to be mentioned however they’re two guys I’ve been in contact with.
“We all know what they convey to the desk and their nice information at Origin degree.
“These two guys (Smith and Thurston) and Josh are actually passionate Queenslanders.
“To have spent so a few years in Origin camps, to not point out their data of the sport … if we might assemble that teaching workers we’re on a great path to getting one of the best out of our enjoying group.”
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Slater hoped to usher in former Queensland coach and present Australian coach Mal Meninga as an Adviser, nevertheless the NRL received’t enable it.
He has now turned his eye to Wayne Bennett.
Bennett coached Queensland to a shock collection win in 2020 and received’t be juggling the calls for of teaching an NRL staff subsequent 12 months as he prepares for the Dolphins’ becoming a member of the NRL in 2023.
“Mal has been dominated out via his affiliation with the Kangaroos,” Slater mentioned.
“For somebody like Wayne, he’s keen about Queensland, however the NRL season has simply completed, he’ll need to relaxation up.
“I’ll let some water circulation below the bridge earlier than I begin fascinated by that.”