Brent Kite (right) of the Panthers breaks the tackle by Daniel Tupou of the Roosters during the round 3 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Monday, March 23, 2015, and, at left, .
Brent Kite (right) of the Panthers breaks the tackle by Daniel Tupou of the Roosters during the round 3 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Monday, March 23, 2015, and, at left, . PAUL MILLER

Kite flying high at Tweed Coast

TWEED Coast will be coached by two-time NRL premiership winner and former Clive Churchill Medallist Brent Kite in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League next season.

Kite, 36, won his first grand final with Manly in 2008, taking home the medal for best player on the field in a 40-0 thrashing of the Melbourne Storm.

He won a second premiership with the Sea Eagles when they defeated the New Zealand Warriors 24-10 in 2011.

Kite made his NRL debut in 2002 as a front-rower for St George Illawarra. He also played 14 Tests for Australia and 10 State of Origin games for NSW.

Kite played his final two seasons with Penrith and finished with 313 NRL games.

He will not play in the NRRRL after a shoulder injury forced him into retirement in 2015.

"It's massive for us, especially with the number of young front-rowers we having coming through,” Tweed Coast president Josh Sattler said.

"He's moving this way and it all came about from an advertisement we had on social media. We were very lucky with how it came about and we quickly made the appointment after meeting him.

"We're starting an academy and have a few exciting things ahead at the club so I think that appealed to him.”

The Raiders have been back playing in the NRRRL for the past two years and are aiming at running a pre-season Nines tournament before the premier- ship rounds kick off in April.

Kite will run his first session when training starts next Tuesday at Les Burger Field, Cabarita.



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