Jim McKay is returning as a Reds assistant coach.
Jim McKay is returning as a Reds assistant coach.

Reds re-hire attacking mastermind

THE Queensland Reds have gone back to the future with the appointment of Jim McKay as the club's 'new' attack coach.

McKay was an assistant to Ewen McKenzie in the Reds' maiden Super Rugby triumph in 2011 and replaces former Wallabies winger Paul Carozza as Brad Thorn's right hand man next season.

"I'm both proud and humbled to be back at Ballymore - I have a strong connection here and I am extremely passionate about Queensland and the Reds," McKay said.

"I've got to know Brad over the past year and I'm looking forward to working with him.

"Queensland has a proud rugby history and heritage and I am motivated to help enhance the rugby program and reconnect with the strong broader Queensland rugby community."

 

Jim McKay celebrates winning the 2011 Super Rugby title with Ewen McKenzie.
Jim McKay celebrates winning the 2011 Super Rugby title with Ewen McKenzie.

McKay followed McKenzie to the Wallabies in 2013 but was then moved on when Michael Cheika took over a year later as the new Test head honcho.

He has since worked with the Worcester Warriors, Tonga and the Kobe Steelers.

McKay has a big job on his hands with the Reds scoring the second least points in the 2018 competition and the third fewest tries.

The Reds' interim chief executive, David Hanham, predicted a seamless return for McKay.

"We've been focused on ensuring we have the best coaches with experience and proven success surrounding Brad Thorn that can continue to develop the quality playing talent that is coming through the Queensland system," Hanham said.

"Jim is very well known to Queensland's rugby community through his four years with the Reds as senior assistant coach, including during the winning 2011 Super Rugby campaign.

"I know Jim can't wait to get back to Ballymore and bring his wealth of experience to the professional rugby department as we prepare for the 2019 Super Rugby season."

Under McKay in 2011, the Reds scored 45 tries in 16 games, with Wallabies halves Will Genia and Quade Cooper calling the shots.