Super League: Former Leeds Rhinos head coach Graham Murray has died
Last Updated: 28/07/13 5:53pm
Graham Murray: Former Leeds Rhinos head coach has died aged 58
Leeds Rhinos have confirmed the 'devastating' news that former head coach Graham Murray has died aged 58.
The Australian tactician suffered a heart attack earlier this year but had been on the road to recovery before suffering another attack.
Murray helped turn around the West Yorkshire giants' flagging fortunes after joining from the Hunter Mariners in 1998, before later coaching Sydney Roosters, North Queensland Cowboys and New South Wales,
"So many of the players he influenced are still here and contributing to the philosophy he cultivated. 'Always be a man of your word' was his best piece of advice."
McDermott on Murray
He helped Leeds reach the inaugural Grand Final in 1998 which ultimately ended in defeat to Wigan Warriors, although a year later he guided the Rhinos to Challenge Cup success against the London Broncos at Wembley - their last cup triumph.
"It is devastating news and so sad to have lost Graham, who will be fondly remembered by all our fans, players and staff who knew him from his time with us," chief executive Gary Hetherington told the club's official website.
"He was very popular and so professional in everything he did. He was an outstanding coach and mentor and he cared about all aspects of Rugby League. The game has lost a great servant."
Former Rhino Barrie McDermott, who scored a try in the 99' final, commented, "Graham Murray had a huge influence on Leeds Rhinos in the late 90's but his legacy is everywhere.
"So many of the players he influenced are still here and contributing to the philosophy he cultivated. 'Always be a man of your word' was his best piece of advice. Thankyou from the past and future Rhinos and especially thanks for '99 one of the highest points of my career."
Leeds Rhinos will wear black arm bands as a mark of respect and will be requesting a minute's silence before kick-off in Thursday's Super League clash against the London Broncos.