Elliott rumoured to be new Warriors coach

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 17:34 11/10/2012
Mathew Elliot
MAN WITH A PLAN: New Zealand Warriors' coach Mathew Elliott.

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Matthew Elliott is set to be named the new coach of the Warriors.

In a saga that has had more turns than a Formula One racetrack, Elliott has signed a two-year deal to take over at New Zealand's NRL franchise.

He has been one of several coaches strongly linked to the position since the Warriors sacked Brian McClennan with two games left in the regular season.

With title-winning Storm coach Craig Bellamy turning down the Warriors for the job next year and the club apparently not keen on getting a caretaker for a season until Bellamy is free of his Melbourne contract they have opted for Elliott and his experience.

He has coached Bradford in England and the Raiders and Panthers in the NRL.

This year he was assistant coach to Brian Smith at the Roosters.

Chief executive Wayne Scurrah confirmed today the Warriors have made an appointment.

And while he refused to speculate on who had the job, it's believed Elliott is almost certain to be officially unveiled in the next two days.

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