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St Helens appoint Keiron Cunningham as new Head Coach

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St Helens have appointed Keiron Cunningham as their new head coach.

Cunningham is the successor to Nathan Brown, who stepped down following his club's 14-6 Grand Final triumph over Wigan last weekend.

The former St George and Huddersfield boss was released 12 months early from his three-year contract in order to take his young family back to Australia.

Cunningham was an assistant to Brown for the previous two seasons.

Kieron Cunningham has been appointed St Helens new head coach. Credit: Granada reports

Keiron is ready for this professionally and totally committed to the task ahead of him.

He has been heavily involved in the success of this season and is ideally placed to carry it on for years to come."

– Chairman Eamonn McManus told the club's official website

Cunningham has signed a two-year contract and will be assisted by former New Zealand Test centre Jamahl Lolesi, who worked alongside him after following Brown from Huddersfield two years ago.

The 37-year-old former Great Britain hooker is immortalised in bronze outside Langtree Park, where he was unveiled on Monday as Saints' first British coach for 14 years.

Cunningham will also be the first man to coach his home-town club since Alex Murphy held the reins from 1985-90.

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