New role for Richards

Pat Richards departed Wigan with the 2013 Super League title
Pat Richards departed Wigan with the 2013 Super League title

Pat Richards has reunited with former Wigan coach Michael Maguire.

The former fans’ favourite has joined Maguire’s Souths as an assistant coach.

Richards spent eight seasons at Wigan and was coached by Maguire in 2010 and 2011, winning the league leaders’ shield, the Super League Grand Final and the Challenge Cup.

He was also Man of Steel under Maguire’s tenure.

The goal-kicking ace, 34, spent last season with Catalans, but his campaign was cut short by injury and he returned to Australia to start his coaching career.

Maguire said: “I had the opportunity to coach Pat at Wigan and the professionalism that he displayed there and throughout his career has shaped him into a leading figure in rugby league.

“Pat will be a huge addition to the Rabbitohs coaching staff.

“He brings with him a wealth of experience in gaining success in the NRL and Super League and the knowledge he’ll bring to our club will help shape our youth squad as they progress here.