Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Rumors: Paul Rowley’s Departure Speculated by Sky Sports Pundit Jon Wilkin

Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin suggests rumours of Paul Rowley’s departure from Leeds Rhinos head coach race

In a recent episode of The Verdict on Sky Sports, pundit Jon Wilkin shared intriguing insights about the ongoing search for the next Leeds Rhinos head coach. Following Rohan Smith’s departure from the club last month, the role has become a topic of intense speculation within the rugby league community.

Wilkin, a former player himself, revealed that he has heard rumours suggesting Paul Rowley, the current Salford Red Devils coach, is now “out of the race” to take over the Rhinos’ top job. Rowley had been heavily linked with the position, but Wilkin indicated that the coach may have opted to remain at Salford, where the club has reportedly tabled a new long-term deal in an effort to secure his future.

“As broadcasters, we’re obsessed with finding out who the next coach is. There’s strong rumours that Paul Rowley fancied it and is out of the race now. He’s settled at Salford and wants to complete the project or what he’s been doing. I’m not sure if that’s accurate or not,” Wilkin stated.

While Rowley appears to have withdrawn from the running, Wilkin expressed his support for the credentials of another potential candidate, Justin Holbrook. The former St. Helens coach, who is currently serving as an assistant coach for the Australian national team, has been praised by Wilkin as “an exquisite coach” and someone who “could be an amazing appointment for Leeds Rhinos if they got him in.”

Additionally, Wilkin suggested a couple of unexpected names for the role, including Dean Young and Chad Randall, as well as the possibility of bringing back former Rhinos player Danny McGuire to the coaching staff.

As the search for the next Leeds Rhinos head coach continues, the rugby league community eagerly awaits to see who will be the one to take on the challenge of leading the club in the upcoming season.

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