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Furner - Fans will see improvements

24th December 2018, 10:45 by Tom Hill

Leeds Rhinos coach Dave Furner is excited to see his side in action for the first time during the Boxing Day clash with Wakefield.

Wednesday's game will be a big occasion for Furner and the club, with the new two-tier South Stand set to be open for the first time.

Furner will take charge of his first game after being confirmed as Brian McDermott's permanent replacement after the 2018 campaign.

The 47-year-old, who spent one year at Leeds before retiring, is expecting some of his players to be rusty but he believes the fans will see some improvements.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "We’ve had a short pre-season, five weeks and I am excited to see some improvements there and I am excited for the game itself. "There’ll be a very good crowd and being back at the stadium, with our fans, excites me. The stadium when it is fully completed, I think, will be an intimidating arena, but the South Standers are always the ones with the voice so it is pretty exciting.

"The main point is we are looking for improvements and for me it is chance to see some players I haven’t seen before. I have seen them on the training pitch, but it will be good to have a look at them on the field. The players are keen, Wakefield are a good team, they have been a very consistent team and it is a good chance to see where the team is at and what improvements we need from that game."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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