Leeds Rhinos Coaching Search: Rowley and Arthur Potential Contenders

Leeds Rhinos Explore Coaching Options After Rohan Smith’s Exit

Leeds Rhinos’ new sporting director, Ian Blease, has hinted at the club’s interest in speaking with Paul Rowley and Brad Arthur about the vacant head coaching position at Headingley. Blease emphasized that the club is focused on finding the right “talented coaches” to succeed Rohan Smith, who parted ways with the Rhinos earlier this week.

Rowley, the current Salford Red Devils head coach, has emerged as a leading contender for the Leeds job, given the existing connections between him and Blease. While the recruitment process remains confidential, the Rhinos’ sporting director acknowledged that Rowley and former Parramatta Eels coach Arthur fit the profile of coaches the club would be interested in.

“Talented coaches interest me and Paul would be one of them, obviously. Nothing has happened yet, we’re concentrating on tomorrow and that’s what the boys are doing. I’ve got no preconceived ideas. Applications are coming in as we speak but I want to make sure we do the job properly.”

Regarding Arthur, Blease stated:

“Yes. But again, we’ve not gone to that stage yet. I wish I could share more with you, but I’m not at that stage yet, we need to focus on tomorrow’s game.”

The Rhinos’ sporting director emphasized that the club is not rushing the coaching appointment and has not ruled out the possibility of an interim arrangement in the shorter term. Blease is determined to ensure that the Rhinos find the right leader to guide the team forward.

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