The Newcastle Knights have officially signed Adam O’Brien as Nathan Brown’s successor from next season.
The Knights have signed the Roosters assistant coach for the next three seasons, committing to impressive young coach until the end of 2022.
The Knights have moved away from the performance-based contract that they previously offered Brown.
“We are very excited to have Adam coming in as head coach,” Knights CEO Philip Gardner said.
“Aside from quality coaching, we want quality people within the organisation and Adam ticks all of those boxes.
“Adam has had extensive experience in development and transition programs, along with his experience in leading premiership-winning clubs.
“We look forward to Adam’s arrival ahead of the 2020 season.
“We’d like to thank the Roosters and in particular, Trent Robinson for allowing Adam to go through this process.
“There is nothing better for us than to have Adam come to the Knights from a premiership-winning system.”
O’Brien started his coaching career with the Storm, working alongside Craig Bellamy and Brad Arthur.
He had 11 years at Melbourne before joining the Roosters late last year to work under coach Trent Robinson.
“I have been patient throughout my coaching career, but the time is right to make this move and all of these attributes made the move to Newcastle an easy decision," O'Brien said.
“The playing list excites me and the Hunter community excites me. There is a lot to look forward to.
“I am excited about what is around the corner, but my sole focus over the next five weeks remains with the Roosters and our finals campaign. That isn't something I take lightly.
“Once the 2019 season has concluded, I will turn my attention to Newcastle.”
O’Brien will join the Knights for pre-season preparations ahead of 2020.