Hetherington Questions Current Rhinos Squad, Wants Changes
Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington is questioning the future of the current Rhinos team and it has 'run it's race' following a disappointing first half to the season that sees the reigning World Champions currently in ninth place ahead of a trip to Warrington this Friday.
Following last Friday's big home defeat to Wigan, Hetherington said, "Over the next few months we will see if we need a major overhaul for next season. This squad has achieved remarkable success over the last eight years with 14 major finals, three World Club titles and being five times Super League champions. Many of these players will assume legendary status in years to come and it will be a sad time when we say goodbye to them.
"But Friday's result was devastating and hugely disappointing for all concerned, not least the fans who were tremendous with great vocal backing to the end.
"I know how much the players appreciate it and it sent a strong message to the game just how united we are.
"We have been here before of course, exactly one year ago, when at this stage we suffered consecutive defeats to a much superior Warrington team 42-6 and St Helens 42-16. At that time we firmly believed our squad was good enough to be successful and so it proved to be. And we are here again now.
"Our problem, like then, is not a coaching issue. Whilst ultimately the coach takes responsibility for team performance, it is all too easy to heap the blame on the coach and his staff when things are not going well.
"If you ask any of our players, they will tell you the quality of coaching and team management provided by Brian McDermott, James Lowes and Jason Davidson has never been better.
"It is not a lack of pride or concern either, the players were upset last week and are desperate to improve. Having spent two days with the squad on a recent camp, I reckon the spirit, camaraderie, togetherness and chemistry between players and coaches is as good as I have known.
"So whilst accepting the standard at the top of Super League is getting better and Wigan in particular are playing exceptionally well at present I reckon our problem lies firmly with individual player performance. Clearly our current squad will be together for the rest of this season and there's a long way to go, but the jury is out for 2013," added Hetherington.
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