ANTHONY Seibold has been quick to point out the lengthy apprenticeship he's undertaken prior to being appointed as coach of South Sydney.
While some were describing it as one of the most incredible rises in rugby league history, Seibold explained that he was hardly an "overnight success".
Unknown in the NRL coaching ranks before last year, the North Queenslander will take the reins after the Rabbitohs sacked premiership-winning coach Michael Maguire on Tuesday.
The 42-year-old began his coaching career with the Mackay Cutters, went on to coach under-20s at the Melbourne Storm - where he was also the development coach - before taking an assistant role under Trent Barrett at Manly last year.
Despite signing a two-year deal at the Sea Eagles, Seibold only served 12 months before he was allowed to leave and link up with Maguire at the Rabbitohs.
"I've been a full-time coach now for 11 years," Seibold said.
"Some people might not know who I am or think that it's an overnight success story or whatever else, but I started full-time coaching in 2006 so I'm really confident about how to coach and all the processes I'm really comfortable and confident with."
Seibold was also the assistant to Queensland coach Kevin Walters for the Maroons' 2-1 State of Origin series win over NSW this year.
Rockhampton-born Seibold is an ex-Canberra Raiders and Brisbane Broncos player who also played in England and France and was a German international.
"To become a head coach at a quality NRL club has been my career goal since I got into coaching and to have this opportunity to lead the team here at South Sydney is something I'm very proud of," he said.
"The club has a strong playing roster with some of the best emerging talent, a solid leadership group, a wonderful team of coaches and support staff, and a fantastic front office.
"I have great support around me, including Dave Furner, who I have a close relationship with. He is a very experienced coach and that experience is invaluable to our team.
"That support will enable us to put our best foot forward each week and to represent this club and its members with pride every time we set foot on the playing or training field, or when we're in the community.
"'Madge' (Michael Maguire) has done a great job over the past six years, he's left the club in fantastic shape, and I'm looking to build on his legacy.
"We'll also work hard on taking the team in a new direction with the help of the support team, the coaches and the players.
"We all have a clear focus and we'll all be heading in that direction.
"I'm really excited about what's ahead and I can't wait to get stuck into the job and welcome the players back to training in November."
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