Brad Arthur offers clarity on Leeds Rhinos contract situation in 'honest' discussions

Brad Arthur has not ruled out a longer stay as Leeds Rhinos coach, but he admitted he had been honest about his situation with the club's decision-makers. Arthur arrived in the UK on Thursday and was in attendance for the Rhinos' Super League game with Warrington Wolves.

Arthur took on a watching brief at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, with his work to officially begin on Friday as preparations commence for their encounter with Hull KR next Saturday. He will have learned plenty about his side as the Rhinos fell to defeat against Warrington, losing 30-18.

He has arrived in quite peculiar circumstances, being named permanent head coach, but only until the end of the season. At this point, it means he could well move on after just ten matches at the helm. Arthur is reportedly attracting plenty of interest from within the NRL, so a short-term agreement provides him flexibility to explore those options moving forward.

However, Arthur admitted that a longer stay at Headingley was not off the cards, with that decision to be made in the weeks and months ahead.

"I think it's a credit to the club that they've made a brave decision," Arthur told Sky Sports in his first interview since arriving in the UK. "They've got one eye on the future, but they see now as really important.

The timing was right for myself; I'm up for a new challenge out of my comfort zone. At the moment it's for the rest of this season. We'll wait and see what happens moving forward, I'm not a no and I'm not a yes, both parties have been very honest about it."

Arthur insists that his arrival will be a clean slate for the entire playing squad, with the coach willing to form opinions based on the evidence presented to him moving forwawrd.

"I don't know what's happened in the past. The way I look at it, it's a clean slate for the players. I don't really want to talk about what has or hasn't happened because I haven't been here to witness it and haven't been a part of it. There will be some real clarity around what the expectations and standards are, and then it will be down to the choices they make and they'll be a reflection of the decisions I have to make.

"But I'm here to help those guys. I want to see them grow as a team and individuals and I want to make sure we can make this club very professional."