NRL 2021: Former NZ Warriors, NZ Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney locked in as Melbourne Storm assistant for two more years

Former NZ Warriors and NZ Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney has secured his future for another two years, extending his contract with Melbourne Storm as an assistant coach.

Kearney was axed as Warriors coach midway through the 2020 NRL season, but quickly found a home back at the club he helped to a premiership title as a player in 1999.

The former second-rower played 139 games for the Storm from 1999-2004, including two seasons as captain, when he also became the first Kiwi to notch up 250 NRL games.

After retiring, he returned to the club as an assistant coach under former teammate Craig Bellamy in 2006, until taking up a head coaching role at Parramatta Eels. Kearney also served as an assistant at Brisbane Broncos under Wayne Bennett.

Acknowledged was one of the best coaches in the NRL, Bellamy recently recommitted to the Storm for another five years, and re-signed Kearney, Marc Brentnall, Aaron Bellamy and Ryan Hinchcliffe.

The defending champions remain alive in the 2021 post-season, after defeating Manly Sea Eagles 40-12 in the opening round last Friday, earning a bye this week.

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