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Former Super League boss ‘enters the mix’ for top job after ‘lengthy meeting’

Brian Smith former Super League coach

Former Hull FC, Bradford Bulls and Wakefield Trinity head coach Brian Smith could be set to take a huge job, eight years after his last Super League role.

The 70-year-old’s time in Super League spanned across almost 30 years, starting with Hull FC in 1988 and culminating in his job at Wakefield which ended in 2016.

Although he never won a trophy in the UK, he reached a Grand Final and a Challenge Cup final in this time here.

With over 601 top-level games coached in Australia, he’s one of the most experienced of all time, with only two head coaches taking more games in NRL history.

He’s also the brother of Tony Smith, who recently left Hull FC, and the father of Rohan Smith, who just lost his role with Leeds Rhinos.

Now, after plenty of time out of the head coach game, he may be set for a shock return.

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Former Super League boss ‘enters the mix’ for top job after ‘lengthy meeting’

Sydney Morning Herald have reported that he has joined the mix to become new head coach for Parramatta Eels.

It would mark a return to a club he previously managed for a decade, taking 243 games for the Eels.

This puts him up against Josh Hannay, Jason Ryles, Trent Barrett and Dean Young in major contention to become Brad Arthur’s successor, after he was removed from the role in May after himself being head coach for the Eels for over a decade.

He’ll be hoping to finally win his first Premiership if he does get the job, after four Grand Final defeats in Australia.

His 2001 Grand Final with Parramatta was the club’s first for 25 years.

Currently, the Eels are level on points with bottom-side Wests Tigers after just four wins all season, and have former Wigan Warriors star Trent Barrett as their interim coach.

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