Ex-Wigan Warriors, Hull KR and Salford star Michael Dobson set for shock coaching role

Former Wigan Warriors, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils star Michael Dobson is set for the biggest gig of his coaching career.

After hanging up his boots five years ago whilst at Salford, Dobson has kept himself to himself in recent years following his retirement, but now he is set for a major role.

With current assistant coach Willie Peters departing the Newcastle Knights for Hull KR at the end of this season, a vacancy has arrived in Adam O’Brien’s coaching setup.

And, Dobson is set to step right into that hole according to the Newcastle Herald, and, as part of his new transition and pathways role, Dobson will assist with the NRL squad and also coach the Knights’ NSW Cup side in 2023.

The 36-year-old began his top flight career in 2006 with new side Catalans Dragons in Super League before moving to the Wigan Warriors whom he helped stave off relegation in 2006.

During his time at the DW Stadium, Dobson scored six tries and registered 61 goals in just 14 appearances, with his exploits in the Cherry and White earning him an NRL deal with the Canberra Raiders.

The halfback enjoyed two seasons with the Green Machine, making 20 appearances before being snapped up by Hull KR for a return to Super League in 2008.

It was at Craven Park where Dobson enjoyed the most fruitful period of his career, playing over 150 games and notching up over 1,000 points for the Robins in a six-year period.

Returning home to his native Australia for 2014, the playmaker made six appearances for the Newcastle Knights in the absence of star Jarrod Mullen, but once more attracted a Super League deal – this time in the shape of Salford.

In three seasons, Dobson made 80 appearances and was able to register over 300 points for the Lancashire side before finally hanging up his boots at the end of the 2017 Super League season.

Now, though, he is seemingly heading into the coaching world with eager eyes.

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