New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney takes assistant role at Brisbane Broncos
New Zealand boss Stephen Kearney is back in club football after being appointed as Brisbane Broncos asssistant.
Last Updated: 07/10/12 3:53pm
Sacked by NRL strugglers Parramatta in July, the former Kiwi Test forward will join the Broncos' backroom staff as a replacement for club legend Allan Langer, who has moved into the club's commercial department.
Kearney, who has signed a two-year deal, will join Kristian Woolf as an assistant coach to Anthony Griffin at the Broncos, who finished eighth this season before being eliminated by the Cowboys in the first week of the finals.
Griffin said: "Stephen has won Four Nations and World Cup titles as coach of the Kiwis and was involved with premiership victories at the Storm.
"The fact his experience has been gained outside the history and culture of this club means he brings a new point of view to our coaching department.
"Steve has a terrific work ethic and is passionate about coaching. It's still very early in his career and he has a hunger for success."
Kearney, who is currently in camp with the Kiwis side preparing them for a Test against Australia in Townsville, played under Griffin at Melbourne in 2002 when Griffin was an assistant to then Storm head coach Mark Murray.