Club Statement from Gary Hetherington

Picture by Allan McKenzie/ - 01/03/2019 - Rugby League - Betfred Super League - Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Trinity - Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds, England - A general view (GV) of Leeds playing Wakefield.

Yesterday’s result at Odsal was a huge disappointment in what has been a very poor season so far for the team and I fully appreciate the frustration felt by our fans which is shared by all our Directors, Management and staff.

We never envisaged being where we are at the outset and it is fair to say, we have under-performed in so many ways, not least team performances and results.

We have been here before and must firstly recognise our mistakes and then implement a plan to rectify and improve as soon as possible.  The responsibility starts with the Board of Directors and as Chief Executive I can assure everyone, we are fully focussed on doing whatever is necessary to bring about a change in our fortunes.  And this includes supporting and backing our Senior Management.  In this regards, Kevin Sinfield as head of our Rugby operation has already shown his leadership qualities by making some tough decisions.  The easy and soft decisions for Managers when confronted with problems is to leave them and let things drift and it takes one with a strength of character and interest in what is best for the organisation to grasp the nettle and make a tough call, which often can be an unpopular one too.

We are fortunate to have Kevin at this difficult time for our club.  He has assembled a top-class backroom staff and made changes and improvements which will bear fruit in the future.  He cares passionately about our organisation, he understands our values, in fact, he has been instrumental in establishing these over the past 20-years, and he has a clear-sighted vision for our future and what we need to do to achieve our goals.  In all my time in the game, I have never worked with anyone with as much focus and determination to succeed as Kevin and I know the pain he is enduring at present.  What he and all our Management need most of all is support.  This will certainly be provided by me and our Board and I hope all our fans can do the same.  

On Thursday when we open our new North Stand, we will share a pride in having created something special for our club and the game of Rugby League and please be assured we are just as focussed on re-building our team to match our facilities.

Thank you very much for your support at this difficult time for us all.