Newcastle Knights officials will be hoping Nathan Brown can be just as successful for them as he was for Huddersfield Giants and St Helens.
Brown returned to Australia for family reasons after guiding St Helens to Super League Grand Final glory at the end of last season and had been working as a coaching consultant for Melbourne Storm before accepting the Knights role.
Before working his magic at Saints, the former St George Dragons boss had helped to take the Giants to the next Super League level.
In his first season, he guided Huddersfield to the Challenge Cup final at Wembley - where they were beaten by Warrington – and the following season took the club to within 80 minutes of a first Super League Grand Final appearance.
That played a massive part in helping Huddersfield further regain their status as a leading British rugby league force, carrying on the early good work of Tony Smith and Jon Sharp, with Brown now charged with a similar task on the other side of the world.
“Sometimes you’ve got to make some hard calls to move forward,” said Brown, immediately following his Newcastle Knights appointment.
“The club is where it is. It’s had a pretty bad 10 or 12 years. There’s obviously things that need fixing.
“I’ve enjoyed the challenges I’ve faced when I’ve joined other clubs in the past, and I’m looking forward to facing the new challenge here.
“I’d like to think I’ve made a positive contribution wherever I’ve been, and I’m hoping that continues in the future.”
Since the golden era that yielded premierships in 1997 and 2001, the Knights have reached the play-offs only six times in 14 seasons and won only three finals games.
They finished 12th in 2014 and last this season.
“You don’t finish down near the bottom of the table if you haven’t got some issues,” he added.
“But everything’s repairable, and with the support of the local people and a few young players coming through, I’m sure over a period of time we can change that.”
Brown will be looking to bring the same success to the Knights as Englishman Malcolm Reilly did well over a decade ago – with the Australian having made the opposite journey to Reilly, who followed a spell with the Knights by moving to Huddersfield in 1999.