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“No-d***head policy” – Former players speak out on Leeds Rhinos linked coach

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The Leeds Rhinos continue their hunt for a new head coach, following the departure of Rohan Smith last week. There has been radio silence from Headingley since Sporting Director, Ian Blease, and Chief Executive, Gary Hetherington, held a press conference in the immediate aftermath of Smith’s exit.  

Salford Red Devils coach, Paul Rowley, and former Parramatta Eels coach, Brad Arthur have been named as the front-runners for the role. Links to Rowley were inevitable given his strong working relationship with Blease, his former boss at Salford. However, as yet, Rowley has denied that he has been contacted by Leeds.

Leeds were understood to have interviewed Arthur last Friday. However, since then, reports from Australia have linked Arthur with a move to the new Perth-based franchise which could join the NRL for the 2025 season.

Now, some of Arthur’s former players have described the the qualities that Leeds could expect if he were to agree to take over from Smith at Headingley.

Leeds Rhinos linked coach has a “no-d**k-head” policy

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Arthur was the longest-serving coach in the Eels’ history before leaving the club in May 2024. Under his stewardship, he guided them to regular NRL semi-final appearances, culminating in defeat in the 2022 NRL grand final. He departed with the Eels struggling for form earlier this season.

Now, two of Arthur’s former players have discussed what the Leeds Rhinos fans and players could expect to see from Arthur if he were to take on the reigns at their club. Eels stand-off, Dylan Brown, believes his ability to motivate his players is his strongest quality. Speaking in The West, Brown explained:

“I feel like he’s got a no-dickhead policy,” Brown said.

“He knows how to pick the soft from the tough, and he likes to weed them out pretty quickly. Some people agree with it and some people don’t, but I feel like that’s what makes him good.

“When I first came in there were a lot of things I’d tiptoe around, but he’d kick me in the butt and say, ‘This is rugby league and you’ve got to be tough’. That’s always been him. I feel like that’ll be good for a club.”

Dedication is Brad Arthur’s best quality

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Arthur was instrumental in turning around second-rower, Bryce Cartwright’s career. Cartwright was consigned to the reserve grade before Arthur spotted his potential. Cartwright has been in exceptional form over the last two seasons and credits that turnaround to Arthur.

He believes that Arthur’s work-ethic is his outstanding quality. He also believes Arthur will not be out of work for a long time. Cartwright stated:

“The things he instils, he’s a really hard-working coach,” Cartwright said.

“I think he spent 23 hours a day here at this place. For a place that needs to get started up, I think he’d be the ideal type of person. He would leave no stone unturned. He’d give it his all.

“He did so much for me. It won’t be long before he’s got another job. I’m excited to see him back”

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