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Rohan Smith reveals why he might never have joined Leeds Rhinos in Super League

Rohan Smith has revealed why he might never have joined Leeds Rhinos in Super League.

The former Norths Devils head coach – with whom he won a Grand Final in 2021 – has taken Super League by storm, inspiring a confidence-shot Leeds side to not only reach the Super League play-offs but to make the Grand Final.

That Grand Final will see the Rhinos come up against St Helens for the fifth time in Super League history, but with Smith’s commitment to his previous side and his family, that move to Headingley may never have come about.

“My ambitions are to be a great coach and have a crack at a great club that has always been there so I am privileged to be here,” Smith said.

“Even after Gary he said he would like me to be the next coach I said I would need to speak to a number of people like those at Norths Devils to be released from my contract who had done a lot for me.

“The other person I needed to speak to was my wife and I’m very committed to my family.

“If she didn’t feel the time was right I would have stayed in Brisbane.

“We were very much a team and she was very supportive.

“Our kids are only 7, 4 and 1 but it had to be a team effort to shift the family hopefully we can settle in here for a fair while.”

That being said, after a short stay with the Bradford bulls back in 2017 which ended when the Bulls went into liquidation, Smith revealed he had unfinished business in the UK.

“I had that sense of unfinished business. When we came to Bradford we had no plan to go home in any timeframe.

“That went bad pretty quickly through no fault of any individual.

“Even in 2017 not long after I had gone home, I was still keeping my eye open for something in the UK because I love the passion and desire that people have for their club – it is widespread more than in Australia.”

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