New boss Smith setting lofty targets

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New Leeds Rhinos boss Rohan Smith says he plans to get the club back on top of the Betfred Super League by the time his contract comes to an end (Leeds 40/1 to win the Grand Final).

Smith arrived in Leeds on Tuesday after agreeing to a three-and-a-half-year contract at Headingley following the decision of former boss Richard Agar to step down.

The nephew of former Leeds boss Tony Smith has previously coached in England with the Bradford Bulls, and his last job came in the Queensland Cup with Norths Devils.

Leeds’ squad are on a break at present, with the majority of the team returning to training on Thursday.

The Rhinos do not play again until May 15, when they travel to the AJ Bell Stadium to face Salford Red Devils.

Smith inherits a team that have won just three of their 11 Betfred Super League matches, but he says there’s plenty of potential within the squad.

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He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Everyone being connected is something I am big on. I eagerly await catching up with the players for a chat, those that want to sit down and have a detailed chat.

“That’s the best way to get to know guys, and I think that will help me to be able to help them.”

“I am keen to build on what has happened in the last couple of weeks.

“The performances have been strong; a lot of effort and energy has gone into them, and they have been playing like a team. I am keen to spend some time with the coaches (today) to talk through the things they have been working on and the direction they’ve been trying to push the group.

“The aim every week will be to improve and learn some lessons and to complete.”

St Helens (10/11 to win the Grand Final) still share the lead at the top of the table with Wigan Warriors, while Catalans Dragons are only two points behind them on 16 in third.

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Author: Lucas Carlson