The Warrington Wolves have offered an attractive deal to Justin Holbrook, the dismissed coach of the Titans. As he considers a move back to Super League, he is also contemplating the prospect of being an assistant coach in the NRL.
Prior to his stint with the Titans, Holbrook enjoyed a successful tenure in the Super League with St Helens.
Following his surprising termination from the Titans, Holbrook is a coach in high demand. Phil Gould, the head of football for the Bulldogs, has travelled to Gold Coast recently to discuss potential opportunities. It’s also known that the Roosters are considering Holbrook as a serious candidate.
The deal presented by the Warrington Wolves not only promises an immediate transfer but ensures commitment for a minimum of two more years. Holbrook will receive tantalising remunerations if he brings titles. Despite their conquest of the season’s first eight matches, the Wolves, featuring ex-NRL players Matt Dufty, Paul Vaughan, and George Williams, have endured a downfall. Their recent losing streak culminated in Powell’s dismissal.
Steve Price, the former coach of Warrington, enjoys a close relationship with Holbrook. His Super League title triumph with St Helens happened back in 2019.
Phil Gould, the boss of Bulldogs football, has escalated his move to acquire Justin Holbrook by flying to the Gold Coast. Aimed at the sacked Titans coach, Gould’s recent journey demonstrates his high interest.
Revealed by sources, Gould met with Holbrook’s management during his visit and had formal discussions on Tuesday night with the English Super League club, Warrington.
Following his removal from the Titans just a month ago, Holbrook has emerged as the most desirable coach in rugby league. Apart from four NRL clubs, he is also being eyed by two British teams, led by the Wolves.
About two weeks ago, Hughes and Bulldogs coach, Cameron Ciraldo, had initial conversations with Holbrook in Sydney. Now, Gould has journeyed across the Queensland border to reinforce his Canterbury football program.
While Canterbury’s performance has been underwhelming, Ciraldo still has the unwavering support of Gould. He believes Ciraldo can be greatly complemented by Holbrook, one of the emerging leading coaches of the NRL.
“A move to England is also a possibility,” Orr added. The Newcastle Knights are among the other clubs interested in securing his service in Australia.
There’s high regard for Holbrook in the UK, given his impressive performance at St Helens where he bagged a premiership and an 80% success rate over 87 games in a three-year period. However, he’s interested in staying in Australia, providing a good chance for Gould, who admires the former Titans coach’s management style.
Gould, who had unsuccessful stints at various clubs, believes his accumulated experience makes Holbrook a strong candidate.
Holbrook’s management style has impressed Ciraldo. The Titans’ Origins stars, including Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and David Fifita, had clauses allowing an exit if Holbrook was ever fired, which obviously underscores his popularity within the team.
Orr mentioned that Holbrook, aged 47, is currently considering whether he would be content with a secondary role as an assistant. He’s faced with multiple options and will make a decision on his future soon. His choices are either joining a new club as an assistant and push for success or looking to steer a ship entirely on his own if he chooses to venture overseas.