Leeds line up Demetriou as head coach

Reports in today’s League Weekly suggest former Wakefield player Jason Demetriou could become Leeds new head coach.

Demetriou took Dave Furner’s job as South Sydney assistant coach prior to this season and might be set to replace him again, this time at the Rhinos.

But having already tried and failed with an assistant from the Rabbitohs this season, his appointment would be a controversial one at Headingley.

In a recent interview Demetriou, who still has a house in West Yorkshire, said he would return to England if the right opportunity arose.

The Australian spent well over a decade in this part of the world playing for Widnes, Wakefield and Keighley Cougars.

He won promotion to the Championship as the Cougars’ player-coach in 2011 before taking the top job at Queensland Cup outfit Northern Pride in 2013.

During his two seasons at the Pride, the club won back-to-back minor premierships, the 2014 Queensland Cup Grand Final and the inaugural NRL State Championship game.

He was also named coach of the 2016 Intrust Super Premiership NSW Team of the Year while in charge of St George Illawarra Dragons’ feeder team the Illawarra Cutters.

Since 2015 Demetriou has been an NRL assistant at the Cowboys, Dragons, Broncos and now the Rabbitohs, with England head coach Wayne Bennett a huge fan of the 43-year-old’s coaching abilities.

And now it seems Rhinos’ Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield is keen to lure the Australian to Super League, despite the problems he experienced earlier this season with Furner.

Leeds currently sit joint-bottom of the Super League table with only 11 games to go, seven of which are against the competition’s current top five.

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