SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Former first grade coach David Furner looks on during the round 22 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys at Remondis Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

Leeds Rhinos have denied reports of a release clause that will allow David Furner to walk away from his contract with the club.

Reports emerged of a release clause in Furner’s deal that will allow him to opt out of his contract with the Rhinos to replace Anthony Seibold as South Sydney coach.

Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington dismissed claims Furner will walk out on his deal and expects theΒ 2004 Super League grand final winner to commence his role in two weeks’ time.

“I know it’s been widely reported that he’s got a get-out clause, well no there isn’t one,” Hetherington told The Sydney Morning Herald.Β 

“It’s all pure speculation. David is committed to coming here, there is no question about that.

“We are looking forward to Dave arriving at the club and plans are well advanced for next season.”

“Dave met with Konrad Hurrell last week to finalise his move … and has been in a constant conversation with myself and (director of rugby) Kevin Sinfield regarding other potential targets for next season.


  1. Oh sh!t! It just keeps getting worse! Look Souths fans, the Rabbitohs have just taken over from the Eels and Sea Eagles as the biggest basket cases in the NRL!

    The only way things could get worse now is if the Broncos do a direct and instant swap with Bennett for Seibold!

    Bahahahahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    I’m only laughing on the outside I assure you.

  2. Happy to hand deliver Brad Arthur to you if you’re that desperate. I will even wrap him in a pretty green and red bow.

    • No thanks Kev. Not that I don’t appreciate the gesture but I’d rather have Russell Crowe! Maximus! Maximus! Maximus! And yes Rusty, I AM entertained.


  3. Poor Rabbitohs. I actually feel sorry for you guys. Our gain is your loss, but it hurts to see you guys deal with all this garbage. Maybe you can make a play at Cartwright, or perhaps Barret if you can convince Manly to let him leave the torture cell beneath the Brookvale Oval toilets.

  4. Seriously though, isn’t this a pathetic development for the game and it’s professional image isn’t it? First Ivan Clearly and now Anthony Seibold. Then there’s Bennett shown the door but not allowed to leave, Furner wants out to go back to where he was just coaching but his plane to England is already taxiing on the runway and they won’t let him off, and Barrett is given his marching orders but refuses to abide by the umpires decision and remains defiantly at the crease with feather duster in hand ready to clean the Manly weights.

    What a circus! What a game of coaching snakes and ladders. Does ANYONE actually have a clue on how to run the game professionally anymore? Meanwhile Soccer is leaving RL for dead. What a debacle!

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