Leeds director of rugby Kevin Sinfield says Richard Agar has proven himself to be the right man for the job, after the Rhinos confirmed he will become the club’s permanent head coach from 2020.

Agar will take charge on a rolling 12-month contract from 2020 after steering the club to Super League safety while in interim charge.

Sinfield said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm Richard as our new Head Coach.

“The manner in which he has conducted himself this season, during very challenging circumstances, has shown us that he is the right man for the job.

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“We are fortunate to be able to call upon one of the most experienced coaches in the game and importantly someone who knows our players and understands the potential for this group of young men.

“I think it’s important to say that through working closely with him, and observing his work and speaking to all players and staff it is abundantly clear what an outstanding coach Richard is.

“He is a hands-on coach who gains a great deal of satisfaction from seeing his players improve and reach their potential.

“Importantly, he is a British coach who knows our competition.

“I have enjoyed working with him this season, despite of the tough position we have found ourselves in and I looked forward to seeing him put his stamp on this squad during pre-season and next year.”