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Holbrook opens up on desires to coach again and “very attractive” Parramatta role


Sydney Roosters assistant Justin Holbrook has admitted he still has the hunger to be a head coach in the NRL once again as the vacant Parramatta Eels role becomes a viable option.

The former Titans coach only rejoined the club he used to play for at the start of the year but has already begun to have his name linked to a handful of possible openings in the NRL.

Holbrook has only coached the Titans and St Helens in Super League for a combined 168 games but with a 60 per cent win rate, his name has now been thrown into contention for the Eels role.

With the Roosters boasting one of the best NRL coaching production lines in recent history, Holbrook could be next to revive his career with the Tricolours.

“I want to be a head coach again definitely, I don’t have any doubts about that,” Holbrook told SEN 1170 Afternoons.

“As for the timing of it, that’s probably the tricky one, I’m enjoying my time back here at the Roosters, I really am I like all the staff and I love the playing group, that’s the hardest one for me.

“Parramatta are a great club and they’ve got a very good roster as we witnessed first-hand on Saturday night, their halves are as good as any in the comp and their spine for that matter, they’ve got a great nursery for rugby league.

“It’s very attractive for any coach, whether you’re coaching a side at the moment in the NRL or you’re not coaching, they’re definitely a great club with a great history.

“But the timing is the tricky part from my end.”

Holbrook opened up on his short stint with the club in his early days of coaching and spoke glowing of Parramatta’s junior resources.

“I did (coach the under 20s) that was before I came over to the Roosters as an assistant,” Holbrook added.

“I had a great year out there, (I) really enjoyed it, great nursery for rugby league.”

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