After 12 months out of the game Phil Williams will return to the coaching ranks in 2018 after scoring the Newcastle under-23 representative job.
The official announcement was made on Wednesday night at the Newcastle Rugby League presentation with Williams, who finished three years in charge of Kurri’s first grade squad at the end of last season, getting the nod ahead of at least three other applicants.
“He’s had first grade experience and he’s been in the Knights’ system for a couple of different age groups,” Newcastle RL chief executive officer Matt Harris said.
“That’s important for those 21 and 22 year olds who will be playing.”
Williams will take over from Todd Edwards, who has moved onto club duties with Lakes for next season.
Eight players from the current Rebels were picked for NSW Country under 23s and they’ll now be joined next month by Lakes winger Kyle Kennedy for fixtures against World Cup squads Samoa and Scotland in Wagga Wagga and Ballina respectively.
The matches are scheduled for October 13 and 20.
Meanwhile, former Knights legend Marc Glanville has been retained as coach of the Newcastle ladies league tag team.