Former Bradford Bulls boss Matthew Elliott to take over at NRL club New Zealand Warriors
New Zealand Warriors have appointed former Bradford boss Matthew Elliott as their new head coach on a two-year deal.
Last Updated: 11/10/12 11:37pm
The 47-year-old, who was twice named Super League coach of the year during his four years in charge of the Bulls, takes over from Brian McClennan, who was sacked two games from the end of the NRL season.
Ex-Canberra boss Elliott has signed a two-year contract having spent the last campaign working as Brian Smith's assistant at the Sydney Roosters.
"We're thrilled to secure a coach of Matthew's calibre," Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said in a statement.
"He's had wide experience and success with a number of clubs, initially making his mark winning titles with Bradford in the English Super League, and also taking Canberra and Penrith to the NRL finals a total of five times."
Elliott's appointment could leave the United States looking for a new head coach for the 2013 World Cup.
He played a key role in the Tomahawks' successful qualification for the 14-team tournament, which will be hosted by England and Wales next October and November.