Lots of the former stars of Super League are turning to coaching.
Former Bradford Bulls and Wigan Warriors star Stuart Fielden and former St Helens and Huddersfield Giants star Lee Gilmour have taken on coaching roles and now former Warrington Wolves man Michael Monaghan has taken his latest step into coaching.
After nearly a decade as an assistant he has taken on Newcastle Knights NSW Cup Head Coach preparing the next crop of stars to take to the NRL.
“I’ve spent the last eight years as a first grade assistant,” Monaghan said to the club website on this move.
“It was a role I was really attracted to partly due to the development side of it.
“I spoke to Adam (O’Brien) and he impressed on me that they were looking for someone that was really good at developing young players.
“The head coaching part of it as well, as anyone that has aspirations as a Head Caoch in the NRL will tell you, you probably need to do that time as a Head Coach in the lower grades.
“It felt like a natural progression.
“Having played hooker and halfback during my career, it probably lends itself to being a coach. You’re that on-field coach a lot of the time.
“Anyone that would have played me would probably have said I would have gone onto coach.
“Having been used to that lifestyle for 14 years as a player to continue that as a coach was attractive aswell. You get used to the comradery of being around a team.”