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Balin couples up again as club's head of performance

A familiar face is back with the Vodafone Warriors for their 2022 NRL campaign.

Coupling up again is head of performance Balin Cupples, who returns after holding the role of head of athletic performance for the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons.

He replaces Craig Twentyman, now back in New Zealand after spending the Covid-impacted 2020 and 2021 campaigns away from his family when the Vodafone Warriors were forced to move their location to Australia.

Cupples finished up with the Vodafone Warriors after their 2018 finals campaign to link up with current head coach Nathan Brown at the Newcastle Knights ahead of the 2019 season.

The former Wests Tigers winger, who spent three years with the Knights, is set to launch the Vodafone Warriors’ 2022 programme on Monday when the first contingent of players begins preseason training at the club’s new base at Redcliffe. The rest will return on a staggered basis throughout the month.

Football operations manager Dan Floyd is coming home to join his family in December with Joe Williams now in Australia to take over for the 2022 season.

In another key change long-serving trainer Dayne Norton is also back in Auckland, reunited with his young family after being based in Australia for the last two seasons. He has taken up the trainer’s role with the club’s Sky Sport Future Warriors programme.

Joining Brown’s staff at Redcliffe as NRL performance coach is Matthew Toohey, also coming to the club from the Knights where he was in strength and conditioning roles for six years.

Junior Mautairi is the new NRL strength and power coach, moving up from his position as Sky Sport Future Warriors head of physical performance.

Brown’s group of assistant coaches remains unchanged with Craig Hodges, Justin Morgan and Slade Griffin again onboard.

VODAFONE WARRIORS | NRL FOOTBALL STAFF  

Football | NRL

Head coach: Nathan Brown

NRL assistant coach: Craig Hodges

NRL assistant coach: Justin Morgan

NRL transition coach: Slade Griffin

Head of performance: Balin Cupples

NRL performance analyst: Noel Green

NRL performance coach: Matthew Toohey

NRL strength and power coach: Junior Mautairi

NRL sports scientist and rehab coach: Cullen Le Roy

NRL head of physiotherapy: David Close

NRL field physiotherapist: Jed Smethurst

Chief medical officer: Graham Paterson

Assistant chief medical officer: Colleen Winstanley

Director of medical: Mark Fulcher

Football | Management

Football operations manager: Daniel Floyd

NRL team manager: Laurie Hale

Football administrator: Joseph Williams

Football | Welfare, wellbeing and education

Player wellbeing and education facilitator: Ben Henry

Wellbeing officer: Jason Fiddes