Former Ipswich Jet 'right man for Souths role'
NEW South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold is a former Ipswich star and Jets chairman Steve Johnson insists he is perfectly suited to make a success of the role in 2018.
The 42-year-old Seibold was appointed after the Rabbitohs parted ways with 2014 premiership winning coach Michael Maguire.
Seibold was a member of the star-studded Ipswich Jets forward pack in 2002 and was highly regarded during his time at the club.
"We brought Anthony back from the London Broncos in 2002 and he played in the grand final side here that year which lost to Redcliffe," Johnson said.
"We had a very good forward pack in that year with the likes of Anthony, Danny Coburn, Jamie Mathiou, Danny McAllister and Brian McCarthy.
"Anthony was a very skilful football player and one of those players who thought a lot about the game."
It is that deep thinking about rugby league that has kept Seibold in good stead throughout his 11 years of full-time coaching after retiring as a player.
Seibold played 14 games in the NRL for the Canberra Raiders and also represented the London Broncos and Hull KR in England.
He has coached Mackay in the Queensland Cup, was Melbourne Storm under 20s coach, Manly assistant coach and finally the assistant to Maguire at Souths this year.
Johnson said skilful players like Seibold who had worked hard to get the best out of themselves often made the best coaches.
"Those skilful players often make good coaches because they truly understand the game," he said.
"Their understanding is often better than the superstars of the game.
"If you ask superstars like Alfie Langer about what they do they will tell you 'it just happens'.
"They can't explain it themselves.
"But I have always been a fan of ball-playing forwards as coaches because they truly understand the game.
"They have had to work hard on their skills to make it happen and they understand why it happens."
Johnson is a South Sydney supporter and has kept in contact over the years on a regular basis with outgoing coach Michael Maguire and the players.
He said that his feedback on Seibold as Maguire's assistant had been positive.
"Anthony has always had a welcoming personality, but also a strong personality," Johnson said.
"As a coach they are attributes I think that fit well with a modern coach in rugby league.
"You have to have a rapport with your players and win their support and respect.
"I've had a relationship with Souths for a long time and the players at Souths think highly of Anthony."
Johnson said Seibold had also done his apprenticeship as a coach and was ready for the NRL head coaching gig.
"He has played under some remarkable coaches, and coached under some remarkable coaches like Craig Bellamy and Michael Maguire," he said.
"Anthony had a year with Trent Barrett as assistant coach at Manly (in 2016) and that was probably his most important year.
"He saw what Trent had to go through as a first-time NRL coach and after a year with the Rabbitohs Anthony is poised to make that team his own now.
"He will do a remarkable job.
"Anthony has a wife and a young family that he loves and takes care of and as a person he has really good morals, so I think he is poised to make a success of this new coaching role."