ON the eve of their trip to Warrington Wolves, Leeds Rhinos have confirmed their short-term replacement for departed head coach Rohan Smith.

And Smith’s fellow Australian Brad Arthur, who will take the reigns until the end of the season, is set to be at The Halliwell Jones Stadium tomorrow night for a first look at his new charges.

The Rhinos have confirmed the 50-year-old former Parramatta Eels boss will take charge for what remains of 2024, with existing assistants Chev Walker and Scott Grix remaining as part of his staff.

He led the Eels for 10 seasons, guiding them to the 2022 NRL Grand Final before leaving the club in May.

Arthur is on his way to England now and while Walker will remain in charge for the game itself, the new head coach looks set to be present when Leeds take on The Wire in Round 17.

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

“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.

 “Clearly the club want a change of direction, otherwise this opportunity would not have become available.

“However, we have to realise that the Rhinos place a heap of importance on this season, not just the future plans.

“There is a lot of footy still to be played in 2024 and the chance to challenge for the play offs, especially with the talent we have within our squad.

“As well as making the most of that opportunity, the work we are all able to do over the next four months will help set the standards for the future and whatever lies ahead of myself and the club.

 “I can understand it is an unusual situation but I think that it is fantastic opportunity for everyone; myself, the other coaches and the players and a good fit for everyone.

“I am looking forward to getting over and being at the game on Thursday night to see the boys take on Warrington.”