All coaches eventually aspire to coach first-grade or re-enter that arena and David Furner will once again get that chance.
Furner, currently an assistant at the South Sydney Rabbitohs, will return to a head coaching position.
Previously, he was head coach of the Canberra Raiders for five seasons in addition to numerous assistant roles.
The former Leeds player drew praise from Souths General Manager of Football Shane Richardson.
“I would like to thank David for his service to our club over the past two seasons,” said Richardson.
“He has played a leading role in returning our team to the top four.
“He goes on to a great club in Leeds and I’m sure he will be a success as their Head Coach.
“He goes with our blessing and we wish David, his wife Kellie and his family the best of luck in the UK.”
Although his coaching future beyond this year is sorted, Furner looks forward to finishing the year with the Bunnies.
“I have had two wonderful seasons at the Rabbitohs and this was not a decision that I took lightly.
“Returning to England is something my family and I are excited about come the end of the season.
“In the meantime, I am looking forward to finishing my time at South Sydney in the best possible fashion and wish Kevin Sinfield and the team at Leeds good luck for the remainder of their campaign.”
Furner is excited to return a team that played an important in his playing career.
“First of all, it is fantastic to be heading back to a club where I have so many fantastic memories from my playing days,” said Furner himself.
“I would like to say thank you to the Board of Directors, Gary Hetherington and Kevin Sinfield for offering me this opportunity and I am looking forward to helping the club progress in the future.
“I know that Kevin and the team are working hard to get through the Qualifiers at present and I have every confidence they will do that with the backing of the fantastic fans at the Rhinos.”
The chance to return to England is an exciting one for Furner and his family.
“I have had two wonderful seasons at the Rabbitohs and this was not a decision that I took lightly,” Furner continued.
“Returning to England is something my family and I are excited about come the end of the season, in the meantime.
“I am looking to finishing my time at South Sydney in the best possible fashion and wish Kevin and the team good luck for the remainder of their campaign starting on Sunday at Widnes.”