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O'Meley not focusing on new coach Gentle

Ryan Bangs 15/09/2011 12:33:36 PM Comments (0)

Mark O'Meley insists talk of incoming Hull coach Peter Gentle can wait until current boss Richard Agar's reign has well and truly ended ahead of their Super League play-off clash with Leeds.

The 30-year-old former Australian international faces a must-win elimination clash at the Rhinos this weekend.

It is the first time Challenge Cup runners-up Leeds have finished outside the top-four since 2001 while Hull have reached the sudden death stage for the second successive season.

With Agar announcing early last month that he would be leaving to coach Wakefield for next season - Hull took the time this week to name Wests Tigers and Australia assistant Gentle as their new coach.

However O'Meley refused to be drawn on the appointment, instead concentrating on ensuring the Black and Whites' clash with Leeds isn't Agar's last.

"Richard brought us over here from Australia and we want to make sure he goes out with a bang," said O'Meley, who made over 100 NRL appearances for the Bulldogs between 2002 and 2007.

"I never met Peter when I was playing back at home and to be honest I just want to focus on the final series and when the off-season comes we can think about what's happening then.

"It is do or die for us and we won't be holding back, Leeds are in the same position as us and it is going to be a real tough game out there."

Gentle will leave the Tigers at the end of the NRL season.

"It has been an absolute pleasure putting the hours in, working with the young players and seeing them mature over the years," Gentle said.

"I will still be watching Wests Tigers from afar and will always be proud of them."

In the other Super League elimination play-off clash Catalan Dragons line up against Hull KR fresh off the back of Australian duo Scott Dureau and Steve Menzies both making the Super League Dream Team.

Menzies, who is 37 and ditched plans to retire earlier this season, has grabbed most of the attention in the build up to the clash.

"It is nice to get individual accolades but I would take a Super League winners medal or ring or whatever you get - that is more important," said Dureau.

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