Anderson to coach the Roosters

The Sydney Roosters have this afternoon appointed former Australian and two time premiership winning coach, Chris Anderson, as head coach.

Anderson has agreed to a two year contract to coach of the Sydney Roosters in their historic 100th season in 2007 and the games Centenary in 2008.

Roosters Chairman Nick Politis was enthusiastic about the appointment.

"Chris' appointment follows a detailed selection process over many weeks.

"Chris brings with him a wealth of coaching and playing experience.

"Above this is his outstanding record as a mentor to young players in their rugby league careers.

"Naturally, with Chris' experience and success comes an ability to develop a winning culture at the Roosters.

"I am also pleased to announce that Brad Fittler will join Chris as his Assistant Coach", he concluded.

Anderson joins the Roosters after leading the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm to NRL premierships in 1995 and 1999 respectively and enjoyed 5 successful years as Australian Coach from 1999-2003.

Anderson has played 232 first grade games for the Canterbury Bulldogs between 1971-84 and represented Australia in 8 Tests, the 1975 World Cup and two Kangaroos Tours in 1978 and 1982. Anderson was also a member of the Widnes Challenge Cup winning side in 1974-75.

Anderson was captain-coach of Halifax RLFC from 1985-88 where he enjoyed great success including the 1986-87 Challenge Cup victory against St Helens.

"To join the only Australian Foundation Club, to have played ever year in their 100th season is a great honour.

"I wish to genuinely thank the Board of Directors and the club for having confidence in me to carry on the great traditions of the Sydney Roosters". Anderson concluded.

An announcement regarding the full coaching structure will be made within the next fortnight.

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