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St Helens assistant coach Kieron Purtill wants top job

St Helens

St Helens assistant coach Kieron Purtill has admitted that he would like to succeed Mick Potter as head coach.

Potter is to step down at the end of the season and Purtill, 33, believes that he is ready for one of Super League's top jobs.

"I feel ready to be head coach and that's what I've been aiming to do," Purtill told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"If it's not this time, I have no issues having to wait another couple of years until an opportunity comes."

Former Leigh half-back Purtill is in his second season back at Knowsley Road, having returned to the Saints coaching staff following three years with Huddersfield Giants.

"I've got time on my side," he said. "And, although I'm maybe young in terms of my age, I've got quite a lot of experience in terms of coaching behind me now.

"Unfortunately I finished playing early and got into coaching straight away at the age of 23, so I've got 10 years experience behind me."

Purtill's contract as assistant coach expires at the end of the season. But he now reveals that he has already spoken to chairman Eamon McManus about his desire to be considered for Potter's job.

"I've spoken with Eamon and he knows my desire to stay at the club," said Purtill. "It's just a waiting game now.

"The club will go through the right process and appoint the person who'll do the correct job for the club over the next couple of years.

"I've had an informal chat with him about the future of the club and my own future really. Even as the assistant coach I'm off contract this year and we spoke a little about that and about the other aspects as well.

"Hopefully that will be resolved either way in the next couple of weeks."

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