After guiding Queensland reds to its first grand finale in nine years, Thorn signed a extension of contract by one year which will keep you in Ballymore, Australia, until 2021. Also, Thorn’s accompanying staff also reengaged and will continue in their positions the assistant coaches Jim McKay (attack) and Michael Todd (defense), Damian Marsh (Director of High Performance), Gina Nelson (physical therapist) and Thomas Barker (Manager of the team), all with contracts for the next season .
He QRU CEO David Hanham, said: “We are delighted that Brad and key pieces of staff remain at Ballymore. In an ideal world we wish we had a longer deal with the team of coaches, but due to all the uncertainty, the coaching staff and the Board have agreed that the initial extension should be for 12 months, with a review once there is certainty about the transmission and competition structure for 2022 ”.
For his part, Brad Thorn, the Reds coach said that “it is an honor for me to be able to stay in the club. I am very happy to have Jim McKay and Michael Todd by my side again, plus all the team personnel for next year as well. We invest in our way to bring the youngest. It is good to have a consistent team that will have changes, but minimal, for next year. They are all partners and that connection was seen on the playing field ”.
“We have reconnected with the state and the Queensland Rugby community. We have seen great growth in our game this year, but our focus is still on improving and continuing to build. We look forward to the challenge ahead in 2021, ”Thorn concluded.
Thorn’s numbers make it impossible to open the door for him. Entering his fourth year as Queensland manager in 2021 and 2020 was a highlight for the Reds. In a challenging year with COVID-19, the 45-year-old guided the group through strict biosecurity restrictions, player and staff pay cuts, player departures, two separate preseason and a difficult travel schedule that the team adapted. .
Under Thorn in 2020, the Queensland Reds won the most games since 2013 and remained undefeated at home throughout the AU Super Rugby season, culminating in their first final appearance in nine years.
After two decades of unprecedented success as an elite player, Thorn joined the QRU in late 2015 as the Development Squad forward coach and has been with Ballymore for his entire coaching career. Thorn led the Queensland M20 to two M20 Super Championship titles; as an assistant coach in 2016 and as a coach in the 2017 season with the team that finished undefeated.