9 Oct 2012

Kidwell up against 73 years of history if he gets Warriors job

11:49 am on 9 October 2012

David Kidwell is reportedly on the brink of taking over as the new coach the New Zealand Warriors.

The former New Zealand player and Melbourne assistant Kidwell is set to be appointed Warriors coach later this week - with ex-Penrith and Canberra mentor Matthew Elliott his likely assistant.

However if he will inherit a Warriors squad brimming with talent and potential, history suggests the 35-year-old could struggle for success.

Not since Bill Kelly with Balmain in 1939 has a New Zealand-born coach won a top grade premiership in Australia - Graham Lowe at Manly in 1990 and 1991 the only other one of the eight Kiwi coaches to follow who managed to take his team to the finals.