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Mick Potter to coach St Helens next year

22/04/2008 10:08:13 PM Comments (0)

Australian Mick Potter will coach Super League club St Helens next year.

Potter will replace Daniel Anderson, who has already announced plans to return to his native Australia at the end of the 2008 season.

Potter signed a two-year deal with the English club, starting in 2009.

Until then, the former Bulldogs and St George fullback will continue to coach French Super League side Catalans Dragons, St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus said.

"We are very pleased that Mick has accepted the role of head coach of the Saints," McManus said.

"He is a coach with a continuously improving track record and whose career is in the ascendancy.

"We are confident that he can continue the brilliant work which Daniel Anderson has done at the club in the last three years."

Potter won Dally M Awards in 1984 and 1991.

He was assistant coach at Bradford Bulls from 1996-99 before taking charge of the NSW under-17 squad.

He was appointed Catalans head coach in February 2006 and took the team to the Challenge Cup Final the following year.

Potter said he was looking forward to next season with Saints.

"It is a privilege and an honour to be considered for the position of head coach at St Helens and I am delighted to have been appointed and to be associated with this world famous club," he said.

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