Stephen Kearney to become Warriors’ longest-serving coach

Drew Darbyshire

Stephen Kearney is set to become the longest-serving coach in New Zealand Warriors’ history after signing a three-year deal on Tuesday.

Kearney is now contracted to the Warriors until the end of 2022 after he guided the club to their first finals appearance in seven seasons last year.

Having started his tenure at the club in 2016, if Kearney sees out his contract he would join Ivan Cleary with six seasons at the helm of the Kiwi franchise.

Warriors’ chief executive Cameron George commented: “Securing Stephen for another three years is a huge boost for us as we prepare to begin our 25th season in the competition.

“We haven’t enjoyed a lot stability as an organisation, especially in the coaching area. Without stability in our football department it’s extremely challenging to improve and to achieve continuity.

“It’s vital to have the right people in the right roles and in Stephen we have someone who absolutely fits what we need.

“He has all the characteristics you would want as both a coach and a person.”