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“Rowley for 2025” – Reaction as Leeds Rhinos set to secure Brad Arthur for rest of season

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Following reports that Brad Arthur, former Parramatta Eels head coach, is set to join Leeds Rhinos until the end of the season, people have reacted to the news.

When Ian Blease became the new sporting director for the Rhinos, joining from Salford Red Devils, he almost immediately dismissed Rohan Smith after an embarrassing defeat to Hull FC.

Blease signed after seven-and-a-half years in his role with hometown side, Salford – a time in which he was instrumental to bringing Paul Rowley to the club.

Therefore, for a long time, Rowley seemed to be the favourite to land the role, but Brad Arthur was also a frontrunner from the start.

Arthur had been the head coach for a decade in Parramatta, and has never taken on the role anywhere else.

His dismissal came in May as the Eels had just three wins all season, and sat in 14th place in the table.

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Reaction: Reports linking Brad Arthur to Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Live has reported that Arthur will be named the new Leeds Rhinos head coach at some point following their game against London Broncos, but only until the end of the season, as he’d like to return to NRL.

Therefore, they’ll also be looking for his successor already – who will take the team on from 2025.

Former Super League referee Richard Silverwood was quick to give his thoughts on who that may be:

It certainly seems that Rowley has always been very committed to staying with the Red Devils until at least the end of the season, especially as he remains under contract beyond this campaign.

Rhinos fans seemed happy with the potential appointment – it means they have an experienced NRL head coach leading them as they hope to scrape into the playoff places.

However, understandably, there’s a view that it’s a shame it’s short-term.

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