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Graham Murray appointed Knights HPU - Director of Coaching

Today the Newcastle Knights appoint Graham Murray to the Club as High Performance Unit (HPU) - Director of Coaching.
Graham Murray appointed Knights HPU - Director of Coaching
by NRL

Today the Newcastle Knights appoint Graham Murray to the Club as High Performance Unit (HPU) - Director of Coaching.

Recognised as one of the game's real talents to develop youth and build winning cultures, Murray has previously coached in Australia and overseas.

His coaching career includes taking the Sydney Roosters to the 2000 Grand Final and North Queensland Cowboys in 2005, coaching the Illawarra Steelers, the Hunter Mariners as well as winning a Challenge Cup with the Leeds Rhinos. Murray also spent two years as State of Origin coach.

More recently Murray has been CEO of Wynnum Manly Seagulls RLFC in Brisbane.

Murray's role with the Knights will largely focus on the development of young players whilst also acting as a conduit amongst the coaches across all grades.

"The signing of a coach of Graham's experience in this role is a direct reflection on the importance we place in ensuring local talent are trained, educated and remain in Newcastle," Chairman of the Knights' Advisory Board Paul Harragon said.

"Graham will use his experience to assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of the football programs amongst the Knights junior playing squad.

"It will be important that all coaches from the junior academies, Harold Matthews, SG Ball, NYC through to our NSW Cup team know and instill the values and philosophies of the NRL side, and Graham will be that person to ensure this happens across the board."

The Wynnum Manly Seagulls, who were the 2011 Intrust Super Cup Champions, understand Murray's decision to accept the Knights role, which has a greater involvement with coaching and coaches.

"It has been great for the club to have Graham involved with us and people from every level of the game have benefited from him," said Wynnum Manly Seagulls Chairman Rick Green.

"His experience and knowledge of the game has been invaluable and with Paul Green he has brought a very good football culture to our Club.

"People from every level of involvement in the club have really enjoyed working with Graham and while we are sad to see him move on we wish him well in this new opportunity with the Newcastle Knights."

The former Parramatta half was nicknamed 'Little Artie' as a testament to his outstanding ball-playing skills, will relocate his family to Newcastle to commence with the Knights in the New Year.




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