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Warriors assistant coach Andrew McFadden. NRL Rugby League. Vodafone Warriors training session at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand Friday 17 January 2014. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/

The Vodafone Warriors today announced head coach Matthew Elliott has resigned with immediate effect.

Assistant coach Andrew McFadden has been appointed acting head coach to the end of the 2014 NRL season.

In accepting the resignation, Vodafone Warriors chairman Bill Wavish acknowledged Elliott’s personal qualities, skill and intellect.

"I have learned a lot from Matt and am saddened that he has made this decision. It speaks volumes of his character and integrity and I personally wish him well," he said.

In announcing McFadden's interim appointment, Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah said: “Andrew is widely recognised as a leader of the next generation of coaches in the very competitive NRL competition."

The Vodafone Warriors have their third home game of the season next Sunday (April 13) when they host Canterbury-Bankstown at Eden Park (4.00pm kick-off).

McFadden will meet the media later today along with Scurrah, general manager football operations Dean Bell, captain Simon Mannering and senior players Sam Rapira and Thomas Leuluai.



Born: January 20, 1978

Birthplace: Goulburn, New South Wales

Coaching Career:               

   Canberra Jersey Flegg coach, 2005

   Canberra premier league coach, 2006

   Les Catalans assistant coach, 2007-2008

   Canberra NYC coach, 2009

   Canberra assistant coach, 2010-2012

   Vodafone Warriors assistant coach, 2013-2014

   Vodafone Warriors acting head coach, 2014

Playing Career:

Position: Halfback

Junior Club: Belconnen, ACT

NRL Clubs:

   Canberra, 1997-2001

   Parramatta, 2002

   Melbourne, 2003-2004

NRL Debut: Canberra v Cronulla, Bruce Stadium, Canberra, May 5, 1997 (Round 10)

NRL Career: 100 appearances, 1997-2004:

   Canberra, 76 appearances, 1997-2001

   Parramatta, 21 appearances, 2002

   Melbourne, 3 appearances, 2003-2004

NRL Points: 131 points (32 tries, 1 goal, 1 field goal):

   Canberra, 115 (28 tries, 1 goal, 1 field goal)

   Parramatta, 16 (4 tries)

   Melbourne, 0

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