Eels want Kid­well to firm up soft un­der­belly

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL -

THE des­per­ate Par­ra­matta Eels have called in re­in­force­ments as they make a ma­jor change to their coach­ing staff by se­cur­ing for­mer Ki­wis coach David Kid­well.

Kid­well has joined the club un­til the end of the sea­son — with a fo­cus on fix­ing Par­ra­matta’s soft un­der­belly.

He will be the club’s de­fen­sive coach, after they opted to re­place Peter Gen­tle who joined South Syd­ney at the end of last sea­son.

Kid­well is ex­pected to make his first of­fi­cial ap­pear­ance at the Eels game against Manly to­day, join­ing Brad Arthur’s coach­ing staff along­side fel­low as­sis­tants Steve Mur­phy and Joey Grima.

Kid­well made 33 ap­pear­ances for the Eels in 1999 and 2000 in a dec­o­rated play­ing ca­reer which also in­cluded stints at Ade­laide, the Roosters, Mel­bourne and South Syd­ney. It is Kid­well’s first ap­point­ment since step­ping down as Ki­wis coach fol­low­ing their ill-fated World Cup cam­paign last year.

He was in the shortlist to take over from Rick Stone as Hud- der­s­field’s coach be­fore with­draw­ing to take the po­si­tion with the Eels. That job is ex­pected to go to for­mer Can­berra and Dragons hooker Si­mon Wool­ford.

The Eels have con­ceded an av­er­age of 25 points per game — the third most in the com­pe­ti­tion — be­fore round seven. Be­fore tak­ing on the Ki­wis head coach­ing role in 2016, Kid­well worked at the Wests Tigers, Storm and Souths.

Kid­well.

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