Axed Penrith coach Matt Elliott has been named as assistant to Brian Smith at the Sydney Roosters for the next two seasons.
Elliott will take up the role under head coach Smith with whom he coached St George in the early 1990s.
The former Canberra and Bradford coach was recently released by Penrith, having already been told this season would be his last.
Roosters Chief Executive Steve Noyce said Elliott would bring a lot to the Tricolours, who currently sit third from bottom of the NRL ladder with just four wins to their name this season.
He said: “We are very pleased to welcome Matthew Elliott to the Sydney Roosters coaching staff. He is an experienced coach with a terrific understanding of rugby league who already has a close association with our Head Coach, Brian Smith.”.
Smith, added: “I look forward to again working with Matthew and am sure that he will be a great asset to the Club.”
Elliott will officially commence his role at the Roosters when the squad begins pre-season training for 2012 in November.