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St Helens legend declares interest in head coach role

Legendary former St Helens coach Kristian Woolf and player Mal Meninga.

There could be a major coaching switch approaching in the world of rugby league, and it involves one of St Helens’ greatest-ever players.

In an unexpected turn, it appears that Australia head coach Mal Meninga could be on his way to the South Sydney Rabbitohs to replace former Wakefield Trinity player Jason Demetriou.

Demetriou has had a tough start to the 2024 season with his job now on the line and reports down under are suggesting that he is set to be replaced by Meninga.

It’s a move that would almost certainly have to see Meninga relinquish his position as Kangaroos boss, with the Saints great taking on one of the most prestigious club jobs instead.

St Helens great Meninga heading to South Sydney?

Former St Helens player Mal Meninga.

Mal Meninga. Credit: Imago Images

Speaking to SEN, Meninga has not been shy in declaring his interest in the potential vacant position at South Sydney but admitted ‘it would be a challenge’.

“It’s something that certainly interests me, and I am flattered that my name is being mentioned at all. But again, there’s no real foundation to it just yet,” said Meninga.

He continued: “I reckon I can handle it a lot better [now] because I’ve had a lot more experience. But in saying that as well, it’s interim, so it’s only for the remainder of the year if it does pan out that way.

“I took the Kangaroos on a tour for eight weeks for the World Cup. I know I’ve got the necessary skill set to help the club out.

“I always thought in life, you’re given an opportunity, you’ve got to thrash it out, you’ve got to take a breath and at the end of the day you always say it’s something that you’ve got to explore and that’s who I am.

“It would be a challenge. I love challenges. I love winning. I’m competitive. “Like I said, I’m flattered by it all and if it is authentic, I’ll give it some really serious consideration.

“I’m really happy that I’m the national coach, which is something I cherish.”

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