Nolan takes job with Parramatta

PETER Nolan heads to Sydney next week to take up a role in recruitment and player development at the Parramatta Eels NRL club.

Nolan coached every grade at the Warwick Cowboys after debuting as a senior coach in 1987 and guided 10 of the 11 teams he coached into the finals, including the 1999 A-grade team which won more than 10 games in a row before losing to Oakey in the grand final.

His first involvement with an NRL club was when he was assistant coach of the 2000 Toowoomba Clydesdales team, which was then under the umbrella of the Brisbane Broncos.

For the first year, he fulfilled his role with the Clydesdales while still working in the finance department at Warwick Shire Council.

In November 2000 Nolan and his wife Jodie moved to Brisbane where his first job at the Broncos was picking up glasses in the leagues club. At the same time he was assistant coach of the Clydesdales.

Soon he was appointed Broncos game development manager, elite player devel- opment manager and for three years football manager.

Nolan said he treasured every minute of his time at the Broncos.

“I was disappointed to leave but you have to roll with the punches and keep moving forward,” he said.

“I don’t know too many people who have left an NRL club on their own terms.

“I feel blessed to be still working in the NRL; there are only 16 clubs.

“Our sons Josh and Kieran have grown up, so it is a good time for both of us to move. We will be living only 1.5 kilometres from the Parramatta CBD.”

Nolan is happy to pay tribute to premiership-winning Dragons coach Wayne Bennett for introducing him to Parramatta coach Stephen Kearney.

“Wayne was assistant coach under Stephen when New Zealand won the World Cup in 2008 and arranged for me to fly to Parramatta,” Nolan said.

“Steve and CEO Paul Osborne are very professional, courteous and have been great to deal with.

“ I am really impressed with the vision Stephen has for the Eels. The club has enormous potential.

“They have a lot of juniors and a lot of resources.”

Nolan is hoping former Stanthorpe junior Jordan Atkins, who played TRL footy for both Warwick and Wattles, does well in his first season at Parramatta.

“He will thrive under Stephen Kearney; a change of environment (from Gold Coast) might do him good. Jordan is a nice kid and an excellent trainer and I would love to see him play regular first grade.”

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