Cameron Ciraldo lands his first NRL head coaching gig

Former Italy boss Cameron Ciraldo landed his first NRL head coaching job after signing a five-year contract with the Canterbury Bulldogs from 2023.

The 37-year-old spent several years as an assistant to Ivan Cleary at Penrith Panthers.

A club statement read: “The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are pleased to announce that Cameron Ciraldo has been appointed as NRL Head Coach for five (5) seasons, commencing in 2023.

“As the club continues to build for long-term sustainable success, we are delighted that Cameron shares the vision to ensure our football programs are best in class.

As for Cameron and the Penrith Panthers, we won’t comment further until the end of the season.

Ciraldo reportedly fended off a number of approaches from other teams, including one from the Wests Tigers in June. He will become the NRL’s youngest head coach next season.

The Panthers are now on the hunt for two new assistants for 2023. They have lost Ciraldo and Andrew Webster (New Zealand Warriors) to NRL head coaching roles.

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Cameron Ciraldo background

Ciraldo was born in Sydney and is of Italian descent through his grandmother, who emigrated from Italy as a child.

The former back rower made 94 NRL appearances for Cronulla Sharks, Newcastle Knights and Penrith Panthers between 2005 and 2013.

Ciraldo has won seven caps for Italy on the international stage. He played in the 2013 World Cup and then coached the Azzurri in the 2017 World Cup.

Ciraldo will complete his duties with the Panthers for the remainder of this season. He will then take the reins of the Bulldogs ahead of the 2023 campaign.

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