FORMER York City Knights boss Richard Agar will join NRL side New Zealand Warriors as assistant coach from the start of next season.

Agar has been out of the club game since March when he stood down as head coach of Betfred Super League giants Leeds Rhinos.

After his exit from Headingley, Leeds stated that Agar would have a future role at the club but the Pontefract-born coach will now head for Australia.

New Zealand Warriors have appointed Agar on a two-year deal, with the 50-year-old continuing in his assistant coaching position with Samoa.

“Richard has tremendous experience in top level coaching and will add huge value to our coaching team,” said Warriors chief executive officer Cameron George.

“He’ll provide terrific support for our new head coach Andrew Webster in his role alongside his fellow assistant coaches Stacey Jones and Justin Morgan.”

Agar began his coaching career with York in 2003 and led the Knights to successive play-off campaigns in the third tier National League Two and the 2004 Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

He stepped up to lead Super League sides Hull FC (2008-11) and Wakefield Trinity (2012-14) before his stint at Leeds (2019-22).