With their super league status now secured for 2020, Leeds Rhino’s have today annouced who will lead them forward as they look to rebuild and return to their former postion as one of the dominant sides of Super League.
After resisting the temptation to look further afield and possibly take another chance with a lesser experienced NRL coach, Leeds have secured their current interim boss Richard Agar as their permanent head coach on a rolling 12 month contract.
The 47 year old was promoted to the postion mid way through the season when the club decided to sack Australian coach David Furner with the club dwelling at the foot of the table after only 14 games in charge. Since then Agar as helped the club survive the drop, slowly pulling away from the relegation battle over the last few weeks as he racked up seven wins from 14 games.
It’s a rapid rise for the former Hull FC and Warrington coach, who only joined the Rhino’s 10 months ago in a player development role, speaking at the press conference he said;
“I believe we are set for some exciting times in the future and I will be honoured to play my part. This is an outstanding club, both on and off the field, and it is our responsibility over the coming years to once again challenge for honours over a sustained period.”
The Rhino’s who have become one of the most successful sides in the competition over the past 15 years, Winning the grand final 8 times over that period, where still looking at the realistic proposition of relegation up untill two weeks ago. With a points difference that is vastly superior to the other clubs around them their recent win over bottom side London all but ensure they would continue in the top flight for at least another season.
This is the third year out of the last four that Leeds have been at the wrong end of the table, the only highlight being their 2017, surprise Grand final victory over Castleford who had lead the way at the top of the table for the majority of the season.
The appointment of Agar was also applauded by the Clubs director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield who also spoke at the announcement saying;
“The manner in which Richard has conducted himself this season, during very challenging circumstances, has shown us that he is the right man for the job”
“I have enjoyed working with him this season, despite of the tough position we have found ourselves in and I looked forward to seeing him put his stamp on this squad during pre-season and next year.”