Agar named permanent Rhinos boss
Richard Agar has been appointed Leeds Rhinos' new permanent head coach for the 2020 season on a rolling 12-month deal.
Agar has been in interim charge at Headingley this year and has managed to get the Rhinos moving in the right direction in the Betfred Super League after a difficult start.
The vastly-experienced 47-year-old, who has been in charge of York, Hull FC, Wakefield and France, says he has enjoyed his time at the club so far and believes he can help oversee more improvement in the future and help Leeds challenge for trophies once again.
He said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this group of players and helping them turn the corner this season. This is an outstanding club, both on and off the field, and it is our responsibility over the coming years to once again challenge for honours over a sustained period.
"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."
Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield believes Agar is the perfect man to lead Rhinos, and 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. He is a hands on coach who gains a great deal of satisfaction from seeing his players improve and reach their potential.
"Importantly, he is a British coach who knows our competition. I have enjoyed working with him this season, despite of the tough position we have found ourselves in and I looked forward to seeing him put his stamp on this squad during pre-season and next year."
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.