22nd October 2018, 08:35 | Leeds
Leeds Rhinos have pulled off a major coup by announcing the recruitment of Richard Agar from NRL side St George Illawarra Dragons as the clubs new Head of Player and Coach Development.
The former Hull, Wakefield and France Head Coach has spent the last season at the Dragons as Head of Player Pathways.
Agar’s responsibilities will include overseeing the Rhinos Academy, Scholarship and Womens sides along with talent identification, coach education and community club partnerships.
Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield commented, “Richard is an ideal candidate for this new position given his vast experience both in Super League and over in the NRL. Our player development programme is vital to our progress as a club and having a person of the calibre of Richard overseeing that is a major boost for the Rhinos.”
Agar added, “I am delighted to be joining the Rhinos. I would like to thank everyone at St George Illawarra for the support they have given me and I am looking forward to this new challenge with Leeds.”
Junior Recruitment and High Performance Manager Richard Agar has advised the Club of his need to cut short his three-year contract to return to England for family reasons.— The Dragons (@NRL_Dragons) October 22, 2018
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Bob Bowman, chief operating officer for Leeds Rhinos Foundation said, “We are delighted to have attracted someone like Richard who has vast experience in top line coaching, coach education and management. He will be a big asset for us.”