Brad Thorn signs two-year contract extension with Queensland Reds

Brad Thorn joined Reds in 2018
Brad Thorn joined Reds in 2018

Queensland Reds have confirmed that head coach Brad Thorn has signed a new two-year deal with the Super Rugby club.

Having started his coaching career as Elite Development Squad forwards coach in November 2015, he took over as an assistant coach of Queensland Country in the 2016 and 2017 National Rugby Championship.

The 46-year-old took over the head coach role of Reds in 2018 and helped them claim the Super Rugby AU title in 2021.

Along with Thorn, assistant coaches Jim McKay (attack), Michael Todd (defence) and Cameron Lillicrap (set piece and skills) have also signed contract extensions until the end of 2023 season.

“We got some good pay this year for the hard work we put in. I was an important achievement for the team, and our Queensland supporters, to win the Super Rugby AU title,” Thorn said.

“However, the New Zealand sides showed us there is still some way to go and we’re looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“When I came in, like most ex-players, you think most of the coaching is going to be on the field.

“Over time, a lot of it actually isn’t exactly on the field. It’s getting your program right and appreciating your staff who are so important.

“You’ve got to build combinations in coaching as well as playing. You have different personalities and strengths. That’s what makes you strong.

“That’s what I like about Jim. He's got experience and knowledge and he’s different to me. Over time, you build relationships and it’s the same with Crapper and Toddy.”