Leeds appoint Brad Arthur as head coach

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Leeds Rhinos have appointed Brad Arthur as their new head coach for the remainder of the season.

The 50-year-old Australian was dismissed by NRL side Parramatta Eels in May.

The Rhinos parted ways with Rohan Smith last month after a run of three defeats in four games.

Arthur is on his way to England and hopes to be present for Thursday’s Super League away game against Warrington.

He will collaborate with Scott Grix and Chev Walker, who have led the team to consecutive victories since assuming interim leadership.

Currently, Leeds Rhinos are seventh in the table, just two points shy of a play-off spot.

Arthur, who spent 10 years at Parramatta, guided the team to the 2022 Grand Final but was sacked in May after securing only three wins in their first 10 games this season.

“I am pleased to be joining the Rhinos and can’t wait to get started,” he told the club website.

“For me personally, this is a unique opportunity to grow as a coach. I join the club aiming to help raise standards and expectations without disrupting the cohesion that is within the group already.”