Five available coaches with NRL experience

19 Jul 20, 8:40AM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

Photo by Gregg Porteous

Stephen Kearney and Dean Pay have recently parted ways with their clubs the Warriors and the Bulldogs, leading many to speculate who will take over their respective roles.

Lets have a look at five coaches currently on the market that have applied their trade in the NRL before.


Considering Brennan was released from the Gold Coast Titans just one year ago it may come as a surprise to see him on this list.

However he was only given 18 months at a club that needed a longer rebuild and was arguably not given enough time.

In the lower grades, Brennan won the Holden Cup Coach of the Year in 2012 and the Holden Cup itself with the Panthers in 2013.

His success would continue at the NSW Cup level, with his Panthers winning the competition in 2015 and 2017, as well as the State Championship in 2017.


Dragons legend Trent Barrett had a very “up and down” stint as head coach of the Sea Eagles between 2016 and 2018.

In 2016 his side would finish 13th and unexpectedly make the finals the following year.

Things were looking up for Barrett’s coaching future at Manly, but a 15th placed finish in 2018 with rumours he had lost the locker room saw his time at the maroon and whites come to an end.

Although after another year and a half as the Panthers assistant coach, it seems Barrett is ready for another crack as a head coach in the NRL.


Nathan Brown has recently been touted as “Mr. Rebuild” after taking Newcastle from a side who could only win one game in a season to finals contenders.

Many believe Brown was wrongly fired by the Knights and deserves a fresh start at another club.

He has also had success in England after guiding Huddersfield to the Challenge Cup final in 2009, and winning the Super League grand final with St Helens in 2014.

Nathan Brown coaching at the Newcastle Knights


A toxic relationship with Penrith General Manager Phil Gould saw Anthony Griffin released by the Panthers with a few weeks to go until the NRL Finals Series of 2018, and the club in 5th position on the ladder.

If not for the tension between Griffin and Gould, Hook would still likely be with Penrith who looking like premiership dark horses at the time of his dismissal.


Geoff Toovey is the only head coach on this list to have led his team to a Grand Final which sees him ranked number one.

He has also publicly confirmed that he would be willing to coach in the NRL again and would be open to offers.

Toovey’s big match pedigree as a player and coach would be a great addition to any NRL club.


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