Newcastle Knights appoint Adam O’Brien as new head coach

Drew Darbyshire

Newcastle Knights have appointed Adam O’Brien as their new head coach on a three-year deal from 2020.

The Australian spent 11 years in the coaching set-up at Melbourne Storm before becoming Trent Robinson’s assistant at Sydney Roosters last year.

O’Brien will remain at the Roosters for the rest of the season, with Kristian Woolf being in charge of the Knights until the end of the year. O’Brien will link up with Newcastle in pre-season.

O’Brien commented: “The Knights are a strong club with a significant and passionate supporter base through the Hunter region and beyond.

“I have been patient throughout my coaching career, but the time is right to make this move and all of these attributes made the move to Newcastle an easy decision.

“I am excited about what is around the corner, but my sole focus over the next five weeks remains with the Roosters and our finals campaign. That isn’t something I take lightly.

“Once the 2019 season has concluded, I will turn my attention to Newcastle.”

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