McFad­den to part ways with Warriors

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Warriors as­sis­tant coach An­drew McFad­den will leave the club at the end of the sea­son.

McFad­den joined the Warriors as an as­sis­tant in 2013 be­fore spend­ing al­most three sea­sons as head coach from 2014-2016.

Un­able to break the club’s play­off drought dur­ing that time, the for­mer Raiders, Eels and Storm half­back was re­placed by cur­rent coach Stephen Kear­ney, who kept McFad­den on as one of his as­sis­tants.

But the man known as ‘Cappy’ has in­di­cated that he wants to take his young fam­ily home to Can­berra.

‘‘This is Cappy’s sixth year with us and he has given the club tremen­dous ser­vice,’’ said Warriors chief ex­ec­u­tive Cameron Ge­orge.

‘‘We’d love to see him stay but he has a grow­ing young fam­ily and it’s im­por­tant to think about their fu­ture.

‘‘We can’t say enough about what Cappy has done for the club so far and there’s plenty more ahead this year be­fore he fin­ishes.’’

McFad­den said his fo­cus now is solely on the sea­son ahead.

‘‘It was im­por­tant to give Cameron, Stephen and the club plenty of no­tice about our plans to go home,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s for the fu­ture. All that mat­ters now is what’s ahead of us this sea­son.’’

Can­berra-born McFad­den was Warriors head coach for 67 matches.

An­drew McFad­den leav­ing at the end of the sea­son.

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