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Leeds Rhinos-linked Brad Arthur interviews for NRL coaching role

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Leeds Rhinos will be very keen to use this international break to address their head coaching vacancy but one of the men that has been strongly linked, Brad Arthur, has now reportedly interviewed for a different job down under.

It’s been just under a week since Leeds Rhinos and Rohan Smith parted ways with the statement that the Australian was to exit the club coming on Wednesday afternoon to the shock of many.

The decision itself wasn’t shocking but the timing was with Smith taking charge of the majority of the pre-game preparation for the clash with Leigh Leopards on Friday night, highlighting the bizarre decision for a change just over 48 hours before kick-off.

As it happened, Leeds would go on to win the game with an inspired Brodie Croft leading the club to victory as an emotional Headingley celebrated the life of Rob Burrow.

In the midst of that win and with a week off, Leeds Rhinos must prioritise finding a new head coach and ex-Parramatta Eels boss Brad Arthur had been the name topping the rumour mill with previous reports claiming he had interviewed for the job at Leeds.

However, it’s now been reported down under that Brad Arthur has interviewed for an NRL role which could spell trouble for Leeds.

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Leeds target Brad Arthur potentially in line for NRL job

Those reports have come from The Daily Telegraph with the masthead reporting that representatives of the Perth NRL expansion bid have met with Brad Arthur about the prospect of him taking the project on.

With the NRL going from strength to strength, expansion is a hot topic and Perth are slated to be one of the next teams to join the competition to give Rugby League presence on the West Coast of Australia.

Per the Telegraph’s report, those in charge of the bid to have Perth approved as the next expansion team have picked out Brad Arthur as the man for the job.

The Telegraph reports: “Sources talking under the condition of anonymity due to the confidential nature of discussions told this masthead that a Perth bid representative met with Arthur on Monday as part of its push to enter the competition as early as 2027.”

Whether that would mean that Brad Arthur is still available for a coaching role for the next two and a half years is unclear given that Perth aren’t expected to join the NRL until 2027 or later.

However, it creates an interesting scenario for Leeds Rhinos. If Brad Arthur is the man for the job then they’ve got to make the 50-year-old an incredible offer to try and sway him from taking on a project as mammoth as the one Perth presents.

Arthur did that with Parramatta as he made the club competitive once again during his ten-year stay at the club with former Leeds Rhinos man Danny Buderus recently speaking on how qualified Arthur is, particularly at developing youth.

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