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globalrugbyleague - Thu, 30 Aug 2007 08:28:00 GMT
St Helens coach Daniel Anderson remains adamant that he will return to Australia at the end of 2008 despite winning his fourth trophy in last weekend’s English Challenge Cup.

The 40-year-old - who was last year named the BBC Coach of the Year – told SuperLeague.co.uk he and his family wanted to settle down and ‘own their own home.’

“I haven’t got a job but we’re going home because it’s time for our family to go home. I love coaching here and the family enjoy it too but it’s just time we went home,” Anderson said.

An opportunity for Anderson to find another coaching job in the NRL when he returns would not shock many fans. For some his services might be available at the right time.

There are at least two clubs who could be in a position to make an offer to Anderson if they don’t improve on their performance in 2007.

The former New Zealand national coach took the Warriors to their first Grand Final in 2002 yet failed to get dumped in a victorious bucket of Gatorade on the night.

That honour went to then Roosters coach Ricky Stuart who won his first premiership in his first season.

As Anderson quickly learn’t in the English Super League, if at first you don’t succeed, try again.

The time could be drawing near for the former Parramatta assistant to have another crack at the title every coach wants next to his name in their CV.

St Helens flattered their French opposition last weekend with a generous 12-4 lead at half-time.

The 2006 Super League champions were unlucky not to have had the game wrapped before the break after being denied four tries inside a crucial 20 minute period.

Scoring first for the defending Challenge Cup titleholders was Great Britain international James Roby who successfully darted out from dummy-half.

Summing up the defensive evenness of the opening forty, the Dragons swiftly responded through Younes Khattabi while a try to the ageing Jason Croker was disallowed.

Ade Gardner then scored the first of his double with a Sean Long conversion setting up an 8-point buffer.

Tries to Paul Wellens, interchange Paul Clough and Gardner sealed the win in the second-half while Justin Murphy scored the Dragons second try of the day.

Dragons five-eighth Adam Mogg told Rugby League Week he doesn’t believe the result will have a negative impact on the game in France.

“I hope it creates a lot of interest and that you guys (the media) get on board and help push it.

“That’s why the Dragons are in Super League – to get more kids playing Rugby League in France. We want it to be strong here like it was 40 or 50 years ago.

“We’ll do our best over the next couple of years to make sure it happens.”

St Helens 30 (Gardner 2, Roby, Wellens, Clough tries; Long 5 goals) d Les Catalans 8 (Khattabi, Murphy tries;) at Wembley Stadium. Crowd: 84, 241 - Read More, Here