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Andrew McFadden joins Canberra Raiders coaching ranks

Andrew McFadden has rejoined the Canberra Raiders' coaching staff in a bid to take the Green Machine back to the NRL finals.

The former Raiders player and assistant coach returns to the capital to fill the void left by Mick Crawley on Ricky Stuart's coaching staff.

Andrew McFadden is returning to the Raiders.

Andrew McFadden is returning to the Raiders.

Photo: Rohan Thomson

McFadden returns to Canberra after a six-year stint in Auckland as both a head coach and assistant at the New Zealand Warriors.

A return to Canberra is a chance to provide more support for his wife and three kids, who McFadden has said made "a big sacrifice" to follow him to the land of the long white cloud.

The 40-year-old played 76 games for the Raiders from 1997-2001 to form the iconic "Mac-Attack" with Mark McLinden, and returned to the club to steer its Jersey Flegg side in 2005.

A year later he coached Canberra's reserve grade team before spending two seasons in France as an assistant at the Catalans Dragons.

Again McFadden would return to Canberra to coach the under 20s in 2009 before being elevated to an NRL assistant role for three seasons.

Andrew McFadden is back in green.

Andrew McFadden is back in green.

Photo: Mike Bowers

McFadden then touched down at Mt Smart Stadium as an assistant in 2013 before spending almost three seasons in the top job from 2014-2016, but he was unable to break the club's playoff drought.

He leaves the Warriors following their return to the finals, where he was an assistant under Stephen Kearney.

Crawley knocked back a two-year extension and left the Raiders after four seasons with the club, drawing curtains on his second stint in Canberra, having been an assistant under Neil Henry in 2007-08.

McFadden's appointment comes almost a year after NRL grand final winner Brett White joined Stuart's coaching staff following Dean Pay's departure to the Canterbury Bulldogs.

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