Leeds Rhinos were struggling in 2022 and were even second bottom of the league in April.
Then Rohan Smith took over and guided them to the Grand Final.
In 2023, he has had his first season with the club as he hopes to guide the Rhinos to Grand Final glory, he has really cemented himself at the club in pre-season according to skipper Kruise Leeming who has been speaking to the club’s YouTube channel.
“I think he’s started to cement himself, he had a lot of feeling out to do. We had success at the end of last year,” Leeming said.
“He’s now come back and he’s really cemented himself and we really respect him.
“The ideas he has about the game and the way he has us playing is really refreshing and is what Leeds are known as.”
Impressed by Smith, Leeming has also been impressed by the young lads in pre-season:
“Young lads have been brilliant, our squad feels massive but really tight knit. It’s good that we have 30 players vying for positions.
“They’re tight knit, there’s no bickering even with guys going for the same position, there’s no falling out.”
Speaking of pre-season, Leeming is loving it:
“I base my game on fitness, as a nine it’s really important. It’s fast pace and I have to make a lot of tackles and when there has been a break and be on the end of it.
“I’m wanting to get every little bit of fitness.”