Leeds Rhinos head coach Richard Agar believes that the acquisition of Richard Hanwick is as important as any of the club’s four new signatures.
Headingley from 2007 to 2013, Hunwicks recently returned to the club as Rhinos’ new performance director, leading all areas of performance at the first team level alongside agar.
Hanwick has spent the last four seasons with the Catalans Dragons, winning two of the three major trophies and overseeing his success in reaching this year’s Grand Finals.
Following the acquisitions of Aidan Sezer, Blake Austin, James Bentley and David Fushitua, Hanwick’s arrival will be another big boost, according to Agar.
“People are talking about our four signatures, but I’m seeing five signatures because Rich Hunwicks is in attendance as a performance director,” Agar told Rugby League Live.
“The impact he has had on our team already in three or four weeks is pretty much emphasized.
“Lich doesn’t go to anyone looking for any kind of headline or praise. The preseason is still three weeks, but I think he will continue to be a very valuable sign for us.
“As a coaching staff, we feel very united as a group. I miss Kevin (Shinfield) and am disappointed that I am no longer here.
“But in terms of partnering with Gary Hetherington, Paul Caddick and Rob Oats, they are great people to work and work with.”
It was surprising that Hunwick returned to Sai, but when it became clear that he was available, Agar hesitated to sign up for former Salford and England RL performance guru. did not.
The Leeds boss explains:
“Jason Davidson had an experienced man who was transferred to the club’s football management side.
“With Kevin going, Jason’s knowledge, skills and experience will be especially important in the field and will fill a big hole for us.
“But he has 10 years of experience at the club and international level since Richard first left the club.
“From the outside, it’s no exaggeration to say that the Catalan people did a great job.
“Being in Million Pond for Steve McNamara’s first year, they won the Challenge Cup, topped the list and reached their first Grand Final.
“Everything they did there had plans and gradual improvements.
“Why did you bring Richard back to Leeds? We were aiming to make improvements in the area, so he became available quite unexpectedly.
“We had a conversation and soon felt he was the right man for us.”
Leeds Rhinos' fifth signature Richard Agar believes it could be the most important of all
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