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Cleary and Campion returning to the
The Vodafone Warriors have announced the former NRL veterans, Ivan Cleary and Kevin Campion will return to Ericsson Stadium to join the coaching staff for the 2005 season.
Cleary (33) has agreed terms as assistant coach to Tony Kemp while Campion (32) has signed as the club's defence co-ordinator.
The signings complete a revamped coaching structure:
Former Kiwi Tony Iro, who has been assisting Kemp since he took over the coaching reins in early June, will provide IT and strategic analysis.
Bruce Sharrock starts next week as the Warriors' new football manager.
And another ex-Kiwi, John Ackland, began earlier this month as the club's recruitment and welfare manager.
After finishing with the Warriors in 2002, Cleary returned to Sydney after three seasons in Auckland. He joined the Roosters as the club's premier league coach, a team he has guided to a share of the lead in the competition this year.
Campion has spent the last two seasons with the North Queensland Cowboys but will finish his playing career at the end of this season.
Cleary said his move back to Auckland started to take shape only about 10 days ago.
"I'm looking forward to going back," he said from Sydney.
"It's a great opportunity for me and it's also an opportunity to get the club back on track. Another attraction is going to a club where the talent is there and where the management has also brought in outstanding talent in the shape of Steve Price, Ruben Wiki and Nathan Fien.
"It's also an advantage that I've been there before and I know the city, the environment and the cultures."
Cleary said he's excited about re-creating the old partnership he had at the Warriors with Campion and Kemp in 2001-02.