The Catalans Dragons have appointed Steve McNamara as their new head coach following his release from the New Zealand Warriors.

McNamara, who was in charge of England from 2010 to 2015, has signed a deal for two and a half years and will be replacing Laurent Frayssinous.

After his appointment McNamara said, “I am honoured to be appointed as the head coach of the Catalans Dragons. The club has a huge potential and I look forward to working closely with the current group of staff and players, helping the team to improve in all areas of our performance and organization.”

McNamara has spent the last three and a half years working in the NRL, at first with the Sydney Roosters before moving to the Warriors. He was also recently given the job of assistant to Kiwis head coach David Kidwell.

The Warriors’ managing director Jim Doyle confirmed that McNamara was given a release from his contract.

Doyle said, “We would have loved Steve to remain until the end of this season but we don’t want to stop him being able to take up a position like this.”

McNamara said that while he “loves” the Warriors he didn’t want to turn down a head coaching role. He wished the team the best for the rest of the season and in future years and said that he will be “following the club with plenty of interest.”

McNamara certainly has a lot of hard work head of him. The Dragons are struggling in the bottom four of the Super League and are reeling from a 56-12 home defeat by Huddersfield in their last match.  Jerome Guisset and Michael Monaghan have been in joint-caretaker charge since the club parted company with the long-serving Frayssinous in May.