Gary Hetherington says Leeds Rhinos are excited about what they can achieve under Dave Furner amid reports he may stay in Australia.

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Leeds Rhinos are adamant that Dave Furner will take over as head coach amid reports that he may land the top job at South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Former Rhinos player Furner, who has been assistant coach at the Rabbitohs, was last month announced as the man to lead a rebuilding job of the Super League side after agreeing a three-year deal.

Furner is due to take charge ahead of the 2019 season, but it has been reported in the Australian media that the Rabbitohs are lining him up to step up if Anthony Seibold moves on.

Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington says Furner has already started putting plans in place for a new role in England.

"We are looking forward to Dave arriving at the club and plans are well advanced for next season," he said.

"Dave met with Konrad Hurrell last week to finalise his move to the Rhinos and has been in a constant conversation with myself and Kevin Sinfield regarding other potential targets for next season.

"He has also been speaking to our conditioning staff about his plans for pre-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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