Geoff Toovey has applied for New Zealand job

Drew Darbyshire

Former Bradford coach Geoff Toovey has tossed his hat into the ring to coach the New Zealand national side.

The Kiwis coaching role is currently vacant after David Kidwell parted company after two-and-a-half years in charge in January.

Toovey has a good coaching record in his time with Manly Sea Eagles, winning 61 out of 105 games when in charge of the NRL club. At Bradford in 2017, he only managed to lead the team to six wins from 23 games when off-field issues were putting a dark cloud over Odsal.

But now, the 48-year-old Australian wants to get back involved with the sport after having a couple of months out of the game.

He told “I have applied and sent off my resume.

“New Zealand is a country full of terrific athletes and there are quite a few of them [that] are rugby league players, so the multitude of talent there alone would be exciting to be a part of that.

“Whenever you’ve got a group of talented people striving to be the best, as a coach, you want to be among that.

“I also think the Kiwis have under-achieved as far as their potential goes.”

The Kiwis are looking to appoint a head coach prior to their mid-season Test against England in Denver, USA.