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Justin Holbrook has his say on Super League move

Justin Holbrook has to go down as one of the best coaches in Super League’s recent history.

He took over a St Helens team with massive untapped potential mid-way through 2017 seemingly on course to miss out on the play-offs for the first time ever.

However, he had a quick impact and took them to fourth place becoming the first team to beat Castleford Tigers at the Jungle.

He nearly repeated the feat as well in the Super League semi-final until golden point heart break denied him and the Saints.

In 2018 and 2019 the Saints arguably should have won the treble but did win the Grand Final in 2019 in his last game before taking over at Gold Coast Titans.

Last week though he was relieved of his duties at the club.

According to the Mole of Wide World of Sports Holbrook won’t be without a job for very long however.

That is because the Mole has reported that two Sydney based clubs have started negotiations with him over taking over as assistant coach.

He has also been tipped to return to Super League by Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

“Yeah he is jobless, it was a surprise the way they were going,” he said on Sky Sports.

“It was his comments that showed that it took him by surprise.

“But I think it took him by surprise. I think he played a massive part in bringing to St Helens what they have currently got.

“I have always said that what they are now is a result of what he started. It has been incremental and has grown over the last three or four years after what he started.

“There will be a lot of clubs over here interested in Justin Holbrook.”

Holbrook has now had his own say on what he would like to do next.

“I don’t know what’s next exactly, but I love coaching,” Holbrook said to the Daily Telegraph.

“When I left Super League, in my last year (in 2019) we finished 16 points clear of second place, which is a record margin in the history of their competition so it will be hard to beat that.

“But I’m happy here in Australia, I would love to stay in the NRL.”

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