Brisbane Broncos lures Nolan back to the fold

RUGBY LEAGUE: Warwick rugby league talent-spotter Peter Nolan has returned to the Brisbane Broncos, following a three-year stint with the Parramatta Eels.

Nolan worked at the Eels from the beginning of 2011, after being released from his role as elite player development manager with the Broncos at the end of 2010.

However, the opportunity to return to Brisbane proved too much to resist for Nolan, who writes a weekly NRL tipping column in the Daily News.

"The opportunity to return home and work again at the Brisbane Broncos is something I was never ever going to knock back," Nolan said in his tipping column on Thursday.

"They are a very special club and I am extremely grateful to receive the opportunity to return to Red Hill and get back home to Queensland."

Nolan said he would always hold the Eels in high regard.

"I will always be very thankful for the opportunity the Eels gave me back at the start of the 2011 year," he said.

"The people there, the fans there, and all the players there, right from the first grade there through to the under-14s in the Talent Squads will always be very special to me."

It is not clear what the title of Nolan's position will be at Red Hill but Broncos' football operations manager Andrew Gee told metropolitan media Nolan would work on player recruitment and retention.

"We are bringing him in to manage our NRL roster," Gee said.

"It is a very important role and we see this as being a real benefit to us.

"He has done a terrific job down there (Parramatta).

"This is the role Pete excels at."

Although Parramatta endured poor seasons recently, winning the wooden spoon in 2012 and 2013, Nolan was responsible for bringing in a number of players currently flourishing for the fifth-placed Eels, including try-scoring sensation Semi Radradra, who has nine tries from six games.



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