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South Sydney have confirmed the signing of Paul Langmack as head coach for the next three years.
The timing of the news couldn't be better for the Rabbitohs who are aiming to notch up their first competition points of 2003 when they take on North Queensland Cowboys next Monday night at Aussie Stadium.
Langmack had been working as stand-in coach following the dumping of Craig Coleman during the pre-season trials last month.
The club had originally indicated that a decison on the new coach would not be made until after April 13.
But despite losing their opening encounters, Souths have put in a spitited performance and apparently this was enough to sway the South Sydney board to secure Langmack as head coach.
Langmack, who has played 315 games with Canterbury, Wests and Easts and went on the 1986 Kangaroo tour, is reportedly delighted with the appointment.
"I'm extremely honoured to be given the chance to coach the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the club with the greatest tradition in rugby league," Langmack said.
"I've waited a while to get this opportunity, and I believe I have a lot to offer the club.
"Being confirmed as head coach is a great feeling, but we must concentrate on beating the North Queensland Cowboys on Monday night and get our first two competition points of the season."