Former Leeds Rhinos enforcer and Sky Sports pundit Barrie McDermott doesn’t expect his old club to look overseas to appoint a permanent head coach for next year.

McDermott believes that Leeds are now learning lessons from bringing in another former player Dave Furner from Australia after he was sacked after just 14 games in charge with the club third bottom.

Having seen a steady and consistent improvement over the last three months since interim coach Richard Agar took charge, the former prop forward expects the next permanent head coach at Headingley to be from closer to home.

“I don’t think Leeds Rhinos will look overseas – I think they’ve had their fingers burned. Dave Furner started the season and was an ex-player, and assistant coach of some repute but he didn’t quite get it right,” he said.

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“Agar has steadied the ship, but I think Kevin Sinfield and [chief executive] Gary Hetherington will get to the end of the year, look at who’s available, and work out who’s the best candidate for the job.

“I suspect that Richard Agar will be part of that staff, whether he’s the man in charge or not.”