The Australian rugby league legend credited with helping develop Kieran Foran's career is about to exert more influence on the NRL and Kiwis playmaker now Andrew Johns has joined the coaching staff at Manly.
Johns, the Australian code's latest Immortal, today signed on as a specialist coach at the Sea Eagles after previously spreading his expertise among several clubs, including the New Zealand Warriors.
The 38-year-old former Newcastle, NSW and Kangaroos halfback will work across all grades at Manly from the first graders down from later this month, with an emphasis on mentoring up-and-coming talent.
"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," said Johns said, who has fond memories of assisting halves Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans.
"They are smart players, with huge potential and I'm looking forward to working with (head coach) Geoff Toovey and his team to fine tune certain aspects that will hopefully continue Manly's success," he said.
Toovey said he was looking forward to working with his former on-field rival.
"Joey's helped us in previous years but it's great to have him on board now in a more permanent role.
"His technical expertise and knowledge of the game will be invaluable to us."
Johns tutored Foran on a weekly basis during Manly's pre-season in 2011 and the pair have maintained regular contact.
"Joey's been an enormous help to my progress, he doesn't have to help me but he goes out of his way to improve my game," said Foran before last year's Anzac test.
"He's helped my overall knowledge of the game and helped me identify what to do in certain situations."
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