Former Leeds Rhinos head coach David Furner is one of the leading contenders for the vacant Newcastle Knights job.
Nathan Brown was sacked by the club last week with assistant Kristian Woolf placed in temporary charge.
Sydney Roosters assistant Adam O’Brien is the strong favourite to take over next season but Furner is also in the running according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Furner was sacked by Leeds just 14 games into the 2019 season and has since returned to Australia to look for work.
It’s reported that he was the first man interviewed for the Knights’ post and has made the club’s final four-man shortlist.
Prior to his spell at Headingley, Furner was head coach at Canberra Raiders for four years before becoming assistant coach at North Queensland and then South Sydney.
The Knights currently sit 11th on the NRL ladder and are unlikely to make the finals with just two games of the regular season remaining.