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Church returns to the Tigers as Hostplus Cup head coach

The Suzuki Brisbane Tigers have today confirmed Matt Church has signed a two-year contract to the lead the club as the new Hostplus Cup head coach from 2023.

The 45-year-old will join the Tigers from PNG Hunters where he has been the head coach for the past three seasons.

Church, a former FOGS Colts and Mal Meninga Cup coach with the Tigers, will return to the club which kick-started his coaching career.

After retiring from playing, Church began his coaching career with the Tigers, coaching the club’s junior representative sides from 2013-2015, before taking a role with the Melbourne Storm NYC squad in 2016-2017.

Church was the assistant coach of the Sunshine Coast Falcons in 2019, before taking on the role with PNG Hunters in 2020.

"I am truly humbled and honoured to be appointed to coach the Brisbane Tigers for the next two seasons," Church said.

"I’d like to thank the Club's management for their faith in me.

“Having played and coached with the club previously, I feel like I’m coming home.

"I look forward to adding to the rich history of this great club whilst also being able to be the coach to usher in the upgraded facilities."

Tigers CEO Brian Torpy was thrilled to welcome Church back to the club.

“On behalf of the club, I am thrilled to welcome Matt to the Tigers as the head coach," Torpy said. 

"Matt is a former player and has come through our junior representative system, including Colts, so he as very good understanding of the club.

"Matt’s values align with that of the club, and his vision for the club, the playing group, and our fans, made him a standout applicant."

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