Lee Briers ended his coaching contract with Wigan Warriors one year early when the opportunity came to coach with the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL.
It was a deserved opportunity for Briers who has served under some great coaches during his time in Super League, at both Warrington Wolves and most recently Wigan.
A friendship with Broncos coach Kevin Walters that dates back two decades when the pair played together at Warrington led to the opportunity, but what exactly will Briers’ role as ‘Development Coach’ entail?
Speaking to the club’s website, he explained: “I’m looking forward to adding to the organisation, also learn some stuff and help the next wave of the Broncos.
“It’s a massive opportunity for myself and my family. We’re here to work hard and enjoy it.
“I will work with the guys who go and play at our affiliate clubs, Norths, Wynnum and Souths, and will be helping out with offence, mentoring the spine.
“The role is an array of things. There is some really smart footballers here, we are just here to guide them to make sure they can fulfil their potential.
“Everything excites me, how the team improved last year and hopefully improving again this year, we are a young team, but we are learning very quickly. It’s great to see developing and its all about developing the person.
“Rugby league is a lot bigger here than it is in the UK, people ask me back home what is the difference, it’s just massive here, the game is so much bigger.”
As mentioned, Briers left Wigan at the end of the 2022 season, cutting short his previously agreed contract, but he left on a high having helped guide the club to win the Challenge Cup in his final season.
At the time it was reported by Warriors Executive Director, Kris Radlinski, that Briers was emotional about the decision to leave but it was too good an opportunity to ignore.
“Lee came to see myself and Matt a few days ago in a fairly emotional state. He said that a dream move to Australia has come up for him and he feels as though he can’t turn it down,” Radlinski commented on Wigan’s website.