Brad Arthur

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Brad Arthur
Brad Arthur.jpg
Personal information
Nickname BA
Born (1974-05-21) 21 May 1974 (age 43)[citation needed]
Sydney, New South Wales
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2014– Parramatta Eels 104 52 0 52 50
Source: [1]

Brad Arthur (born 21 May 1974) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and current head coach for the Parramatta Eels of the National Rugby League.

Playing career[edit]

Arthur was a Parramatta Eels junior and played SG Ball and Under-21s for the club.[2] He then moved to the Penrith Panthers where Royce Simmons advised him he would never make first grade.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1997 Arthur, aged only 22, accepted a job as a captain-coach of the Batemans Bay Tigers. In his first season the club didn't win a match however the club made the finals in their second year.[2]

Arthur then was the captain-coach of the Cairns Brothers club for eight seasons, leading the club to four premierships and six grand finals.[2]

In 2007 he was appointed the Melbourne Storm's NRL Development Coach. The side won the competition that year. In 2008 he was appointed the Melbourne Storm's inaugural Toyota Cup coach. The side won the 2009 grand final.[2] In 2010 he was promoted to an assistant coach in Melbourne alongside Stephen Kearney.

In 2011, he was appointed the assistant coach of the Parramatta Eels, following the appointment of Kearney as head coach. Kearney was fired in 2012 with six games remaining and Arthur was appointed the caretaker coach.[3] Following the appointment of Ricky Stuart as head coach for 2013, Arthur was informed that he would not be retained as an assistant coach.[4]

Starting in 2013, Arthur was appointed as the assistant coach to Geoff Toovey at the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

As of 16 October 2013, Arthur accepted a 3-year deal to join the Parramatta Eels as head coach. [5]. In his first season as head coach, Arthur led Parramatta to 10th place on the ladder in The 2014 NRL Season. With 2 games to go in the regular season, Parramatta needed to win one game out of the remaining 2 fixtures to qualify but lost to Newcastle and Canberra (Who were lower on the ladder) respectively. Parramatta missed The top 8 by 2 competition points [6] [7]. In 2015, Parramatta missed out on the finals by finishing 12th. In 2016, Arthur was at the forefront of the salary cap scandal which rocked the club but was praised by the media and the players for his leadership skills and managing to keep the team together. Parramatta finished the season in 14th position but would of had enough points to qualify for the finals if not for the 12 point deduction handed to the club for breaching the salary cap [8] [9].

In The 2017 season, Arthur guided Parramatta to their first finals series since 2009 with the club finishing fourth on the premiership ladder [10]. Even though Parramatta then went on to lose both their finals matches, Arthur was praised for his performances as coach [11].


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