The Canberra Raiders have confirmed the appointment of Kelly Egan as the club's new NRL recruitment and Pathways Manager.
Egan comes with extensive experience across several roles at NRL club's, including the Manly Sea Eagles, North Queensland Cowboys, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Wests Tigers.
He will commence his new role officially in two weeks but spent some time in Canberra this week to meet with the clubs coaching staff and management.
Egan said he’s excited to join the Raiders and can’t wait to get to work.
“It’s a great opportunity. I’ve been at a couple of different clubs over the course of my career and the Raiders role is something I’m really looking forward to,” Egan said. “My wife’s a Canberra girl so we are already well attached to the region and really looking forward to getting the family here in the next few weeks.”
Egan said he understands and respects the wonderful work Peter Mulholland brought to the role previously and said he will look to forge his own relationships and continue the foundations he had built.
“Peter Mulholland has done such a wonderful job over the last few years and obviously leaves a great legacy here at the Raiders, and that’s something that I’m really looking forward to being part of,” he said.
Egan said the Raiders have a proud history of developing players in the Canberra and surrounding regions and this was an area he’d be looking to continue focusing on.
“It’s nice to see Raiders underage teams winning games and winning competitions and that starts at the start which is in our own backyard,” he said. “I know as a club, as a development club, we’ve got a great region to work with and recruit from and more importantly retain the locals that are here.
“It’s certainly an avenue which we’ll continue to build on and I’m looking forward to working with Dean Souter in pathways, and Joel Carbone in recruitment, along with our vast network of recruiting scouts going forward.”
He said working with Head Coach Ricky Stuart is also something he’s looking forward to and helping him recruit the right players for the squad moving forward.
“It’s wonderful to see a coach who’s invested, and I don’t think you get any more invested in the personnel whether it be a playing personnel, coaching personnel, or the organization’s personnel than what Ricky is. He’s approachable, knows what he wants and what it needs to look like," Egan said.