2022-06-28 21:58:00

Kristian Woolf has reportedly knocked back the Warriors’ head coaching job and is instead eyeing an assistant role with Wayne Bennett at the Dolphins.

It comes after highly regarded Panthers assistant Cameron Ciraldo rejected the Tigers’ lucrative five-year offer.

News Corp journalist Paul Kent applauded the duo for “having the nous and courage” to recognise that it’s not the right role for them and believes it’s a sign that “coaches are getting smarter and clubs seem to be getting dumber.”

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Speaking on NRL 360, Kent indicated that Woolf and Ciraldo had made the right call on their futures.

“As we’ve seen in recent times Garth Brennan, Trent Barrett, Anthony Seibold make the wrong choice and suddenly your future, if you see yourself as a 10 to 15-year NRL coach, gets reduced to two years,” he said.

Paul Crawley agreed by saying “it would have ended in a disaster” if Ciraldo took the Tigers job.

Kent also highlighted a concerning trend, which he dived into more in his News Corp column, where clubs are overlooking proven coaches in a bid to discover the next best thing.

“We’ve got coaches looking for jobs and we’re now getting to a stage where rookie coaches are knocking them back because the clubs are so unattractive,” he said.

“But beyond that you’ve also got coaches out there Shane Flanagan and Paul Green — proven premiership winners — who the clubs on the bottom of the ladder have shown minimal interest in.

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“We have this fascination to continue going after these cookie cutter coaches, blokes who have really own been assistants at other clubs and have no proven record as head coaches — even at state league level — and yet that seems to be the flavour of the month.

“It’s a fascinating landscape at the moment where you’ve got these clubs who are offering three head coaching roles in the NRL and they’re struggling to find (one).

“Mark Robinson flew to England to sign Kristian Woolf and he knocked him back. Kristian Woolf is now talking about taking an assistants job at the Dolphins to basically wait out Wayne Bennett’s tenure there because he doesn’t see the Warriors as an attractive enough proposition.

“You’ve got the Tigers who were telling everybody that would care to listen last week that Ciraldo was done and dusted, there’s just a couple of things to fix up and then they’d be announcing him.


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“They felt they were so down the track that they felt compelled to put a statement out saying they missed him — the first time I think that’s ever happened in rugby league history.

“They don’t know what they don’t know sometimes and I think that’s starting to bite a few clubs.

“Canterbury have definitely tried to address that by bringing in Phil Gould and he at least knows where the square pegs go, other clubs I’m not sure they do.”

Asked why Flanagan is struggling to find a job as a head coach Kent said: “I think part of it is they all want to go and find the new toy.”

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Dave Riccio, who has been confident for some time that Ciraldo will stay at the Panthers, backed up Kent by saying “timing” was the main reason Ciraldo rejected the Tigers.

He also revealed that Ciraldo and his management advised the Tigers to chase a more experienced coach because there’s still some “heavy lifting” to do at the club.

But they will now turn their attention to Woolf.

“My understanding is that the Tigers are going to let this breathe,” Riccio said.

“They missed their man, they are now going to sit and watch the Kimmorley situation unfold but in the background they’ll look at a number of candidates and I understand Kristian Woolf will emerge as one of them because Woolf wants to move back to Australia, hence the knock back of the Warriors.”

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NRL 360 host Braith Anasta asked if the next generation of coaches, like Ciraldo, were “a little gun shy” after seeing what’s happened to the likes of Barrett and Seibold.

Kent brought up the legendary Jack Gibson’s mantra that success starts in the front office and questioned if the Tigers understood that.

“I don’t know if they know what success looks like… how do you have faith in them as a young coach?”

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