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Exiled Super League star makes rugby league return

Josh McGuire

Australian test international, Josh McGuire, made an impression during his short time at Warrington Wolves. But it was not the impression anyone hoped he would make.

The former Brisbane, North Queensland and St George-Illawarra prop left Warrington after just seven games. He received a seven-match ban and a £1,000 fine for using unacceptable language during a pre-season game against Leigh before eventually making his debut against Catalans Dragons, but it was not long before he received a second ban.

McGuire then received a 12-match ban for using unacceptable language. He used the language during Warrington’s Super League defeat against Leigh, after which Warrington and Josh McGuire officially parted ways after the second ban, leaving the Australian without a club.

Now McGuire has secured a shock return to Rugby League.

Controversial ex-Wire forward secures off-field role

Warrington Wolves Josh McGuire

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The Brisbane Broncos were reportedly interested in signing Josh McGuire as a player. Instead, he will join the club in an off-the-field role.

McGuire has agreed to return to the Broncos, working as their new wrestling coach where he will predominantly work with the club’s young forwards. He has a wealth of playing experience to fall back on. McGuire represented Queensland in State of Origin and Australia at test level.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph in Australia, McGuire expressed his delight at returning to Rugby League with the Broncos.

“It’s nice to be back at the club where it all started for me,” McGuire said.

“I’m happy to be home and around such a lovely bunch of fellas. The Broncos are a very family-oriented club so I’m very thankful for the opportunity.”

What is Josh McGuire doing now?

Josh McGuire

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Having been out of the game for almost a year following his sudden Warrington Wolves’ exit, Josh McGuire has seen his post-playing career take an unusual turn as he currently works for Professional Bull Riding Australia. However, he is looking forward to the chance to give something back to the next generation of Broncos players.

“I enjoy being at the club and doing whatever I can to help the boys,” he said.

“I’m working with some of the younger boys in particular and helping where I can.

“I’m there to be there to help mentor the younger fellas about the highs and lows of playing in the NRL.”

McGuire hopes to be part of a Broncos resurgence.

“It’s great to see the Broncos back to where they should be, they are a powerhouse of the comp and I’m appreciative to be part of this set-up.”

One other man at the Broncos with experience at Warrington Wolves, albeit far more and to far greater acclaim, is Lee Briers with the Englishman one of the key reasons behind Brisbane’s current resurgence.

Briers has been touted as the potential successor to Tony Smith at Hull FC with the former playmaker potentially the perfect man for the job.

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