Elliott lands job with Warriors

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Matthew Elliott has signed a two-year contract with New Zealand Warriors

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Matthew Elliott has signed a two-year contract with New Zealand Warriors

Former Bradford boss Matthew Elliott has been appointed the new head coach of New Zealand Warriors.

The 47-year-old Elliott, who was twice named Super League coach of the year during his four seasons in charge of the Bulls up to 2000 after guiding them to both league and Challenge Cup success, succeeds former Leeds coach Brian McClennan, who was sacked two games from the end of the season.

The former Canberra and Penrith boss, who has signed a two-year contract, spent last year at the Sydney Roosters working as Brian Smith's assistant, but departed after the veteran coach was axed last month.

"We're thrilled to secure a coach of Matthew's calibre," Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said in a statement.

"He's had wide experience and success with a number of clubs, initially making his mark winning titles with Bradford in the English Super League, and also taking Canberra and Penrith to the NRL finals a total of five times."

The appointment, announced at a news conference in Auckland, ends a lengthy hunt for a new coach by the Warriors which has seen a number of big names linked with the vacancy, including Craig Bellamy, Stephen Kearney, David Kidwell and Tim Sheens.

Elliott's appointment could leave the United States looking for a new head coach for the 2013 World Cup.

He played a key role in the Tomahawks' successful qualification for the 14-team tournament, which will be hosted by England and Wales next October and November.

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