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Revealed: Gary Hetherington’s stance on Rohan Smith’s Leeds Rhinos project

Leeds Rhinos CEO Gary Hetherington

Rohan Smith has said he has the backing of Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington.

Since their defeat to Wakefield Trinity, a game which saw the Rhinos become the first side to lose to the struggling West Yorkshire side, there has been a suggestion Smith is under pressure.

When asked if there had been a chat with the hierarchy after their damaging defeat to Wakefield Trinity, Smith said:

“We chat every day about where we’re at: form, performance, recruitment, retention, how we do things around the place that’s not dependent on last weekend’s result. Those chats happen every day, every couple of days, whatever it is, those chats will continue to be had.”

Smith also said he has Gary Hetherington’s backing.

When asked, he said: “Yeah, yeah for sure. Gary and I talk a lot and we’re aligned with what we’re trying to create here. So there’s no issues there.”

It is clear that Leeds’ coach and CEO both have a vision for the future and are not overly dismayed by the recent run of form which has seen Leeds lose six of their last seven games.

That said, ultimately, Smith puts pressure on himself:

“There’s always pressure in coaching, but no more than I put on myself every day anyway.

“Every week we prepare to play this weekend, we’re not preparing for the future. The decisions we make on roster and retention and whether kids are playing in reserve grade or going out on loan and all those type of things, they’re longer term decisions. But the preparation each day and each week is about this weekend.”

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