Leeds confirm Richard Agar as new coach on permanent deal

Drew Darbyshire

Leeds have confirmed the appointment of Richard Agar as the club’s permanent head coach for 2020 on a rolling annual contract.

Agar took charge of the Rhinos this season on an interim basis following the sacking of Dave Furner and has saved the club from suffering relegation.

He has taken charge of nearly 250 games for York, Hull FC, Wakefield, Leeds and France.

Agar said: “It was important for me when I took charge during the season that I was able to effect change on the squad.

“This group have struggled over the past few years and there was no point in me becoming head coach unless I could have a positive impact.

“However, having worked with the group and seen the potential particular of our young players in the first team and academy squads, I believe we are set for some exciting times in the future and I will be honoured to play my part in this.”

Rhinos director of rugby, Kevin Sinfield, said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm Richard as our new head coach.

“The manner in which he has conducted himself this season, during very challenging circumstances, has shown us that he is the right man for the job.

“We are fortunate to be able to call upon one of the most experienced coaches in the game and importantly someone who knows our players and understands the potential for this group of young men.

“I think it’s important to say that through working closely with him, and observing his work and speaking to all players and staff it is abundantly clear what an outstanding coach Richard is.”

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