McKay joins Reds as attack coach

Super Rugby
by RUGBY.com.au staff

The Reds are going back to the future in 2019, signing Jim McKay as attack coach for the next two seasons.

McKay was part of the Queensland setup when the Reds won their most recent Super Rugby title in 2011, steering a star-studded attack that included Quade Cooper, Digby Ioane and Will Genia.

He followed then-Reds coach Ewen McKenzie to the Wallabies setup in 2013, a stint that lasted until the end of McKenzie's tenure.

After leaving the Australian setup, McKay assisted Tonga at the 2015 World Cup and coached in Japan's Top League.

McKay said he was keen to help build the Reds back to being one of Super Rugby's biggest threats.

“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," he 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."

QRU interim CEO David Hanham said McKay's experience was a key factor in his appointment.

“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," he 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."

McKay replaces Paul Carozza in the role after the former Reds assistant was shifted back to a pathways role.