Eels legend Nathan Cayless is reportedly firming as a number one candidate to take over the vacant New Zealand head teaching position.
Michael Maguire, who was not too long ago introduced because the NSW Blues head coach, left his put up with the Kiwis after profitable the latest Pacific Championships competitors.
Now in response to WWOS, Cayless may very well be the subsequent Kiwis coach and is at present coach of the New Zealand A squad.
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Legendary halfback Stacey Jones is one other identify within the operating, nonetheless Cayless has served his teaching apprenticeship at each the Eels and Tigers.
The man broadly thought of the very best coach within the historical past of rugby league, Wayne Bennett, additionally beforehand put his identify ahead to take the reins.
“I’m not retired yet so if the Kiwis are interested, I’m certainly open to it,” the 73-year-old instructed News Corp.
“I’ve got a history with New Zealand. I was involved with the All Golds team (in 2007), that was a great experience, we had a tour of England and I was coach of the team.
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“I’ve also worked with Steve Kearney (former Kiwis coach) when he was coaching the Kiwis and they won the World Cup in 2008 with Steve in charge.
“I have great affection for the Kiwis, I coach several of their guys at the Dolphins in the (Jesse and Kenny) Bromwich boys and Jamayne Isaako.
“The door is certainly open for me. If it’s an option for the New Zealand Rugby League, they know where to find me.”
Cayless performed 259 video games for the Eels between 1997 and 2010 and likewise earned 39 New Zealand caps.