Salford Red Devils React to Leeds Rhinos Potential Coach Approach

Salford Red Devils Unperturbed by Potential Leeds Rhinos Approach for Head Coach Paul Rowley

Salford Red Devils have yet to be contacted regarding a possible approach from Leeds Rhinos for their head coach, Paul Rowley, and the club remains relaxed about the prospect of any move from their Super League rivals.

With Rohan Smith’s departure from the Rhinos on Wednesday following a disappointing run of results, speculation has inevitably arisen that Rowley could be a top candidate to succeed him. The connections between Rowley and Leeds’ new sporting director, Ian Blease, have further fueled these rumors, with suggestions that Blease may return to Salford to pursue a move for his former club’s coach.

“Love Rugby League has been informed that as of Wednesday evening, Salford have not received any contact from Leeds or their representatives regarding Rowley.”

Rowley still has 18 months remaining on his existing contract with Salford, and the club has reportedly offered him a new long-term deal that could grant him greater autonomy and a potential transition into a board-level role as a prospective director of rugby. It is also understood that prying Rowley away from Salford would require a significant financial fee.

While the Rhinos’ hierarchy may consider looking overseas, with Australian coach Brad Arthur reportedly expressing interest in a Super League role, Rowley is seen as an ideal domestic candidate should they opt for that route. Nonetheless, Salford remains relaxed about the situation, having not yet been formally approached for their head coach’s services.

Ian Blease, Salford’s sporting director, is expected to be questioned extensively about this matter when he meets the media at AMT Headingley on Thursday.

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