Justin Holbrook turns down Warrington Wolves offer, set to remain in NRL – Australian reports

Josh McAllister
Justin Holbrook has reportedly rejected Warrington Wolves.

Justin Holbrook has reportedly rejected Warrington Wolves. Picture by AAP Image/Dave Hunt.

Fresh reports in Australia have claimed that Justin Holbrook has rejected an offer from Warrington Wolves and looks set to remain in the NRL.

Hours after renowned Australian commentator Andrew Voss reported that Holbrook had agreed to a ‘lucrative’ four-year contract at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, The Daily Telegraph is now claiming that the vacant coach is set to remain Down Under.

Holbrook was believed to be at the top of Warrington’s targets following the departure of Daryl Powell, with the Wire having fallen to the final play-off spot in sixth position on the table following the latest defeat to Wakefield.

The 42-6 result at Belle Vue marked the side’s fifth successive Super League defeat and their seventh in the last eight fixtures, having won their opening eight games in 2023.

2019 Super League winning coach Holbrook was quickly named favourite to take the vacant role by the bookmakers earlier this week, with the likes of Lee Briers, Adam O’Brien and Shaun Wane also priced by Super League’s sponsors Betfred.

Justin Holbrook to remain in NRL with offers made

In a fresh twist, it is now believed that Holbrook will remain in Australia, where he returned to at the conclusion of the 2019 Super League campaign, with several offers now on the table.

Holbrook spent three seasons with the Saints before returning to Australia with the Gold Coast Titans, where he was sacked earlier this year due to results.

The fresh reports now claim that Canterbury Bulldogs boss Phil Gould has entered the race for the 47-year-old as an assistant, while the Sydney Roosters are also believed to be keen.

The Bulldogs have struggled so far in 2023 with just seven wins from 20, urging Gould to overhaul the squad and make changes to the club in the bid for success.

 

Kyle Flanagan, Luke Thompson, Ryan Sutton and Raymond Faitala-Mariner are all expected to leave at the end of 2023.

Meanwhile, Trent Robinson’s Roosters sit outside the top eight in 12th position and look to miss out on the finals for the first time since 2016.

Head of youth Gary Chambers was appointed Warrington’s interim head coach on Sunday, with assistant Richard Marshall in support, with the club set to face Catalans this Friday live on Sky Sports.

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