Australian coach Mick Potter will leave Super League club St Helens at the end of the season.
Potter, who succeeded compatriot Daniel Anderson two years ago, is out of contract in October and wants to return to the NRL.
“It’s always been my intention to one day coach in the NRL and it’s something I truly believe I am ready for,” Potter said.
Potter was an assistant at St George Illawarra when he was chosen to take over from Englishman Steve Deakin just after the start of Catalans Dragons’ inaugural season in Super League in 2006.
The 46-year-old took the Perpignan club to the Challenge Cup final at Wembley in 2007 and was named Super League coach of the year in 2008 before taking over at St Helens.
Saints chairman Eamon McManus said the club would begin a search for Potter’s successor in the coming weeks.
“Mick has explained to us he has ambitions of possibly securing a place in the NRL and we wish him well in his endeavours,” McManus said.
“He has been a great asset to our organisation and he will be successful wherever he goes.”