Stokes Keen on Assistants Job

Wellington's Gerard Stokes wants to continue as Kiwi assistant coach under newly appointed Daniel Anderson, but is unsure of his chances.

"Yes (I would like to continue). I'm available for any role the New Zealand Rugby League have in line for me," Stokes said yesterday.

"I've got no problems with Daniel being coach. He's more than capable of doing it."

But Stokes, who was outgoing Kiwi coach Gary Freeman's assistant for the past two years, said he had heard nothing since Anderson's appointment last week.

"I've had no contact . . . There's not really any putting your name in the hat. Basically they consider the people available and work from there," Stokes said.

Stokes, one of seven applicants for the Kiwi coaching job, was philosophical about missing out and would be happy to work with New Zealand Warriors coach Anderson.

"Daniel's obviously proved himself to be a very very good coach and when you put yourself up against the best, sometimes what you want doesn't happen. You put your name in the hat and go into the selection process and you've just got to accept whatever comes out," he said.

Anderson has said he will have two Kiwis as assistants with the national side.