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Smith extends tenure at Norths

The Norths Devils are proud to announce they have officially re-signed Intrust Super Cup head coach Rohan Smith for a further three seasons, extending his helm until the end of 2023.

Since joining Norths in 2018, Smith has steered the club to success on the field, as well as developing a great culture off the field.

After disappointing performances from the Devils in the previous three seasons prior to Smith's appointment, the former NRL assistant coach was recruited with a mission to bring them back to the top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder.

In his first year, Norths was awarded the club championship for the best performing club across the Mal Meninga Cup, Hastings Deering Colts and Intrust Super Cup competitions.

Norths Devils after winning the Hastings Deering Colts grand final in 2018.
Norths Devils after winning the Hastings Deering Colts grand final in 2018.

In 2019, the club finished fifth after a promising Cup season and was ready to keep the momentum into 2020 until the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Smith has built an environment where young players are encouraged to develop and allowed to flourish, which has helped him foster a strong bond among the players and coaching staff.

A number of players have gone on to play at higher levels such as Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, who featured for the Warriors in this year's NRL Telstra Premiership.

Jamayne Taunoa-Brown in action for the New Zealand Warriors.
Jamayne Taunoa-Brown in action for the New Zealand Warriors.

The Devils have become a place where young players know they will be respected, looked after, and given the opportunity to develop as people, not just as players.

Having been around rugby league his entire life, Smith has been an assistant coach at the Gold Coast Titans, Sydney Roosters and Newcastle Knights and hisĀ NRL knowledge, combined with his extreme passion for sports coaching, brings an infectious energy that inspires those around him.

He also has a passion for developing the game further and sharing his knowledge, recently holding a three-day coaching intensive aimed at helping aspiring coaches gain hands-on experience and introducing theories and skills.

Looking ahead to next season, Smith has his sights on an effective pre-season to put the Devils in prime position for another great year.

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