Seibold takes over at Rabbitohs

08 September 2017 20:12:20 GMTPlus10

Anthony Seibold has stepped up from being assistant coach with South Sydney Rabbitohs to replace the sacked Michael Maguire.

The Rabbitohs have confirmed the appointment of Seibold, who joined them at the start of this season, on a two-year contract.

To become a head coach at a quality NRL club has been my career goal since I got into coaching.

Anthony Seibold

Seibold will step down from his role with Queensland to take the reins at Redfern.

It will be his first head coaching job in the NRL, and comes after stints as No.2 at Manly and the Storm as well as the Rabbitohs.

He said: "To become a head coach at a quality NRL club has been my career goal since I got into coaching and to have this opportunity to lead the team here at South Sydney is something I'm very proud of."

The 42-year-old said the Rabbitohs had a strong playing squad with some of the best emerging talent in the competition.

He revealed he had spoken to Maguire, who parted ways with the club on Tuesday, to get his blessing before accepting the job.

Rabbitohs general manager of football Shane Richardson said Seibold, who has confirmed he will retain David Furner as part of his coaching team, had a strong work ethic and a thirst for knowledge.

Richardson added: "He has bought into the values and beliefs of the Rabbitohs, he has great respect for our members, and he has earned the opportunity to lead our team in its next chapter."

Seibold spoke to Maguire the day after he had left the club, and confirmed his former boss had backed him to take the job.

He said of the 2014 premiership-winning coach. "I've known 'Madge' for 20 years ... it was a tough conversation to have. But he was really supportive of the opportunity that's been presented to me."

Meanwhile, NSW areĀ 2.00 to win the 2018 State of Origin series against Queensland, who are 2.00.

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