Keiron Cunningham named St Helens coach

Super League champions St Helens have named former hooker Keiron Cunningham as their new head coach after the departure of Nathan Brown.

Their win over Wigan Warriors in the Grand Final at Old Trafford was Brown’s last match with Saints after two seasons at the helm. The club allowed the 41-year-old to leave a year early and return to Australia.

Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “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.

“He is highly respected by the players. Not only does he understand our culture, he has been instrumental in its development since the inception of Super League. Everyone at the club is totally behind his appointment and enthused by it.

“The competition will be stronger next season and beyond. Keiron has the experience, ability and strength of personality to readily deal with it and will receive all our support in so doing.”