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HE HELPED spark Queensland's record-breaking run of State of Origin series victories. Now former North Queensland Cowboys star Josh Hannay will take control of Intrust Super Cup team Souths Logan Magpies.


Hannay, who played with the Maroons in the 2006 game-three decider, which began an unprecedented run of series wins, has been named as the club's new head coach following the departure of Mark Beaumont.


"It's a really great opportunity and exciting," Hannay said.


"The club has a proud history and I'm looking forward to working with the staff and players."


Hannay earnt his stripes by featuring as player and coach of the Moranbah Mackay Skills Training Cup side in North Queensland for the past two seasons, coaching the team to the grand final last month.


"I have always had a real interest in pursuing a coaching career and even as a player as I matured and started having more of a voice in the playing group a lot of my peers assumed it's what I would do.


"I'm certainly aware of the enormity of the role and I don't take it lightly."


Souths Logan president Jim McClelland said Hannay would fit into the club, who is aligned with the Canberra Raiders.


"The feedback we received about him was very good and we weren't scared to put someone in that is untried at this level,' McClelland said.


"We wanted to make it a clean slate and put somebody fresh in and give them the opportunity.


"He is very well spoken, presents well and knows a lot about the game. I think he is going to offer us and the corridor a lot."


Hannay will join the club on a one-year contract and work as both the Intrust Super Cup coach and in the club's development system.


"We wanted to think outside the square and believe Josh will do a good job and he will have the support of a great team with Mark Tookey and Mark Beaumont."


McClelland said Hannay would work closely with Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart.


"He will implement whatever Ricky wants in terms of structures and it is exciting times for a guy who has been in the system as a player but also to be able to come in and work under that structure," he said.


Mark Beaumont will fill the development position left by Brian Edwards, who has joined the Brisbane Broncos, while Mark Tookey will work full time in the club's development system.


Hannay will arrive in Brisbane on October 14 before officially commencing his new role on November 1.