Michael Ennis used to be public enemy No.1 in Canberra, but fans might need to change their tune.
The retired hooker has joined the Raiders’ coaching staff.
Ennis, having retired after playing in Cronulla’s drought-breaking 2016 NRL premiership, will work at the club in a part-time role.
The Raiders are hoping Ennis will take star No.9 Josh Hodgson to another level.
Michael Ennis has officially joined the Canberra Raiders for the 2019 season as a coaching consultant. pic.twitter.com/SYCsWAT3OL
— Clarkey's NRL Column (@Clarkeys_column) February 12, 2019
“I like the potential that this squad has and the ability to work with Josh Hodgson and Siliva Havili is something I’m looking forward to,” Ennis said.
The appointment immediately had Ennis’ infamous taunt of Raiders fans in 2016 back in the headlines.
After the Sharks eliminated Canberra from the finals, Ennis went over to the crowd and mocked them with their own ‘Viking Clap’.
But Ennis is hoping it’s water under the bridge.
“I’ve always enjoyed the passion of the Raiders fans,” he said on Tuesday.
“That night in 2016 was one of the hardest matches in my career which proved to be vital, hopefully I can help bring some enjoyment to the Raiders fans this year.”
The NRL and Raiders both poked fun at the moment on social media.
Guess who's back… but in different colours!
— NRL (@NRL) February 12, 2019