Former Super League player Jason Demetriou will join Wayne Bennett’s NRL staff as an assistant coach at Brisbane for the 2017 pre-season.
Demetriou has experienced a wonderful last few years, capped off by winning the Intrust Super State Championship with the Illawarra Cutters over the Burleigh Bears on NRL Grand Final Day.
He will move from St George Illawarra Dragons to the Broncos having previously being based in Queensland. After a long playing career in England including stints with Wakefield and Widnes, the Sydney-born Demetriou coached the Keighley Cougars.
Back in Australia, he coached the Northern Pride to the 2014 Intrust Super Cup title by winning the Queensland Cup grand final over Easts Tigers. In 2015 he was on the North Queensland coaching staff, ultimately part of the Cowboys’ golden-point grand final win over the Broncos.
But after impressing again by winning the NSW Cup and the State Championship match over Burleigh – a clash of the NSW and Queensland champions – Demetriou will move to Brisbane to work under Bennett.
“I am very excited for the opportunity the Broncos and Wayne have given me and I look forward to the years ahead,” he said.
“It’s a very strong club, with great leaders and a great roster and I look forward to playing my role in that. I look forward to my family settling in and making Brisbane our home.
“I’d like to thank my wife Nat and my girls for supporting me and allowing me to follow this path – without their support I wouldn’t be here.”