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 the 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. 

“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.

“We know how highly Dave was thought of at South Sydney Rabbitohs, his achievements there were a key reason why we spoke to him about becoming the Rhinos head coach.

“He is someone who knows our club, the potential here at the Rhinos and he is excited about what we can achieve together.”

 

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