Andrew Johns has joined
Manly as an assistant coach for the 2013 NRL season.
After serving as a part-time consultant to several NRL clubs,
the halfback great will now work exclusively with the Sea
Eagles across all grades on a permanent part-time basis and
will also have mentoring and ambassadorial roles for the
Johns, who has assisted Manly's premiership-winning halves
Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans previously, said he was
looking forward to working with the 2011 NRL champions and
head coach Goeff Toovey.
""What's really exciting is working with young players who
aspire to become NRL players as well as having an important
involvement with the NRL squad," Johns said.
"They are smart players, with huge potential," he said.
"I'm looking forward to working with Geoff Toovey and his
team to fine tune certain aspects that will hopefully
continue Manly's success."
Toovey said Johns, who will start with the club later this
month, would bring a wealth of knowledge with him.
"Joey's helped us in previous years but it's great to have
him onboard now in a more permanent role," Toovey said.
"His technical expertise and knowledge of the game will be
invaluable to us."
Sea Eagles general manager David Perry said the acquisition
of Johns was a big boost for the club.
"Joey is recognised as one of the greatest rugby league
players of all time and to be able to draw on his expertise
exclusively will give our club an edge," Perry said.
"He's highly regarded by our players, staff and the wider NRL
community, and we're really looking forward to welcoming a
professional of his calibre to our staff."