North Queensland Toyota Cowboys assistant coach Josh Hannay will link with the Queensland Maroons as an assistant coach for the 2018 State of Origin series.
Hannay, now in his second season under Cowboys head coach Paul Green, will step up with the Maroons during the representative period following Anthony Seibold’s appointment as head coach of South Sydney.
Hannay, who played at Origin level in 2003 and 2006, said it was a privilege to be given an opportunity with the Maroons.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with some of the best young talent in the state through the Queensland pathway age groups, and to now graduate to the senior team and work with Kevin (Walters) and the current group of players is going to be a fantastic opportunity,” he said.
After commencing his coaching career with the Moranbah Miners in the Mackay District Rugby League, Hannay joined the Souths Logan Magpies in 2014.
He coached their Intrust Super Cup team for three seasons before returning north to work with the Cowboys.
Hannay has contributed heavily to Queensland’s development pathways in recent years, having coached the Queensland Under 18 team in 2016 and 2017.
He also worked alongside Kurt Wrigley as the Queensland Under 20s assistant coach in 2015.
Walters said it was an exciting time for Hannay and that he deserved the opportunity at Origin level.
“I’m really excited about Josh’s appointment and what he will bring to our team this year,” Walters said.
“Like Anthony, Josh is an aspiring top-grade coach who has come through the Intrust Super Cup and our representative pathways.
“He’s currently working full-time with a very successful NRL club and I believe he’s got a lot to offer the Maroons set up when we get our preparations under way.”