Tony Smith comments on Leeds Rhinos job and how Hull KR players responded to him leaving

Tony Smith threw out a bombshell today, confirming that he will not be coaching Hull KR past the 2022 Super League season.

It’s a major directional change for the Robins who were, this morning, linked with a move for former Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs boss Anthony Seibold.

Seibold has also been linked with a move to the Leeds Rhinos – Smith’s old club – but Smith himself confirmed that he won’t be joining the Rhinos with their vacancy.

“I don’t know who will be coaching Leeds but it won’t be me,” Smith said.

“I won’t be involved in the decision either, I will leave that and I think they will find the appropriate person as I’m confident about that.

“I don’t know where I will end up but I want to stay coaching – and it doesn’t matter at any level, but it’s going to be hard to leave.

I don’t want to take a break, I’ve got my mojo and my energy. All those things are in tact, I don’t need a freshen up.”

The KR boss has also revealed just how his players responded to the news.

“They like honesty and they understand.

“They were and weren’t surprised at the same time – I was just focusing on them and making sure they are fine.

“They have enough respect in me and me in them to understand and not to make it difficult for each other.

“We will say our goodbyes when it is time to say goodbye, but now it is time to get on with the competition and not get distracted by outside influences.”

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