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The South Sydney Rabbitohs are delighted to announce today the contract extension of Head Coach Michael Maguire until the end of the 2017 season.

Maguire began his coaching tenure at South Sydney in the 2012 season, and has now taken the team to consecutive Preliminary Final appearances in his two seasons as Head Coach.

Maguire has a 68% winning percentage as a Head Coach in the NRL, having won 36 of 53 matches.

Maguire joined the Rabbitohs following two successful seasons with the Wigan Warriors in the English Super League, where he won the Super League title in 2010 and the Challenge Cup in 2011. He also enjoyed success with the Melbourne Storm as an Assistant Coach, helping the team reach four consecutive NRL Grand Finals between 2006 and 2009, including Grand Final victories in 2007 and 2009.

Rabbitohs Chairman Nicholas Pappas says the re-signing of Coach Maguire is an important step for the Club.

“This is a great day for our Club,” Mr Pappas said.

“Michael’s commitment for the next four years should inspire all of our Members and supporters that a great era for our Club beckons.”


Coach Maguire says he’s very happy to have extended his tenure at the Rabbitohs for the next four seasons.

“I’m really pleased to have re-signed here, at such a great Club, and to have the opportunity to continue to work on everything we’ve been doing for an extended period,” Coach Maguire said.

“My staff and I are very dedicated to making sure we get the best performances out of the team every week, and the boys have shown that same dedication and commitment so far throughout the pre-season.

“I also see Souths Juniors as a major part of our organisation moving forward and the implementation of the various programs to help develop our juniors into the next generation of Rabbitohs.

“To our Members, I really appreciate everything that they’re doing for us as a Club. We want to keep enjoying the ride alongside our Members and keep working hard to achieve the goals we’ve set ourselves as a group.

“We’ve got a way to go to get to where we want to be and we’re working extremely hard to reach those goals.

“It’s great to be a part of the Rabbitohs family.”

Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson says he’s delighted that the Club has extended the contract of Maguire.

“Michael is one of the best young coaches in the NRL and we couldn’t be happier that he has committed to the Club for the next four seasons,” Mr Richardson said.

“The changes Michael has implemented here in his first two years as Head Coach have done wonders for our football programs, and we are looking forward to working with him on the continuing improvements we are looking to make, both on and off the field.

“He has the respect of our players, staff, board of directors, corporate partners and Members and we’re pleased that he will be part of the Rabbitohs family for at least the next four years.”


Name: Michael Maguire

DOB: 5 February 1974

Appointed: November 2011 for the 2012 season

Club Coaching history:
South Sydney Rabbitohs (2012-current)
Wigan Warriors (Head Coach) (2010-11)
Melbourne Storm (Assistant Coach) (2005-09)
Canberra Raiders (Assistant Coach, Reserve Grade Assistant Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coach) (1998-2004)

Coaching achievements:
Challenge Cup Champions (2011 – Wigan Warriors)
English Super League Champions (2010)
English Super League Coach of the Year (2010)
English Super League Leaders Shield (2010)
Four NRL Grand Finals as Melbourne Storm assistant coach (2006-09)

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South Sydney Rabbitohs respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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