Daniel Anderson is ready to coach again. Five long months after he parted ways with Parramatta, Anderson has broken his silence to express his interest in a return to top-flight coaching.
While he won’t talk about the past, in particular his exit from the Eels, it is his past that could make him a pivotal figure in coming weeks and months.
Anderson is arguably the most well-credentialled coach on the open market. He’s guided two NRL clubs to grand finals and won everything on offer in England. He was the first coach to galvanise the rich potential at the Warriors, taking the club to a minor premiership and almost securing their maiden title. He took a Parramatta side in turmoil to the 2009 decider.
At St Helens, he won three Challenge Cups and a grand final. His record speaks for itself. And if the rumour mill is correct, clubs are taking heed. Anderson is understood to be one of the leading contenders to replace Wayne Bennett at St George Illawarra should, as expected, the master coach return to Brisbane.
It would be no surprise if South Sydney owner Russell Crowe looked his way. Penrith could also be on the lookout for a coach with speculation Matthew Elliott is under pressure. Anderson knows Sydney’s west better than most, having grown up in the area.
Anderson is still involved with the game. This year, he will be part of ABC Grandstand’s rugby league coverage. But he is a coach at heart. Like everyone, he is waiting to see how the dominoes fall in coming weeks and months.
Bennett is expected to be the first piece. The repercussions stretch all the way from Melbourne to Townsville, Penrith to Redfern.