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“Put a line through” homesick Woolf as Warriors’ next coach


St Helens coach Kristian Woolf reportedly won’t pursue a move to the New Zealand Warriors.

The Super League coach has won two Grand Finals and a Challenge Cup across his time at the Saints and has been linked with moves to the NRL.

While Woolf was considered one of the Warriors’ top targets, the Queensland native will instead look to move back with Australia as he has a desire to return home according to SEN’s Michelle Bishop.

“In terms of the rugby league coaching circus, you can put a line through Kristian Woolf as the coach of the Warriors,” Bishop said on SEN 1170 Breakfast.

“My sources tell me that the Warriors were never super keen in the first place and this indicates he wants to return to Australia, not live overseas anymore.

“Even if that means perhaps as an assistant, he’s pretty keen to get back here.

“I wouldn’t rule out some kind of role at the Dolphins under Bennett, I’m not saying that’s definitely going to happen, but I know there’s talks (happening).”

With Woolf out of the picture, Bishop expects former Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire to enter the frame, with the New Zealand Kiwis coach already set to spend considerable time with the national team across the ditch.

“I’m going to put it out there that I’m not sure the door is closed on Michael Maguire and the Warriors,” Bishop said.

“I know about three weeks ago the owner of the club was quoted saying they’re not keen on Madge.

“I’m not saying they’re going to sign him tomorrow, but I just think this may be back on the table.

“Conversations are being had.”

Stacey Jones is currently in charge of the team on an interim basis with the Warriors set to return home for the first time since 2019 when they host the Tigers next Sunday at Mt Smart Stadium.


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