Wests Tigers to target Peter Gentle, but he's committed to Hull FC
HULL FC coach Peter Gentle has reaffirmed his commitment to the club amid speculation linking him with a return to Wests Tigers as their new coach.
Wests yesterday terminated the contract of head coach Tim Sheens, who Gentle acted as assistant coach to before taking over at Hull.
The departure of Sheens saw speculation circulate in Sydney that Wests' board had identified Gentle as the man to take over and lead the club into the 2013 NRL season.
Having been contacted by a number of journalists in Australia in the last 24 hours, Gentle is aware of the rumours but the Aussie insists his future lies at the KC Stadium.
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"I'm here to do a job for Hull FC. This is where I want to be and I won't be going anywhere," he told the Mail.
"I'm aware of the rumours, but I've not put in for the job and I won't be putting in for the job.
"We've started something here at Hull, we feel we are going places and I fully intend to see it through."
Gentle recently extended his contract at the Black and Whites, committing himself until the end of the 2015 season.
Having proven himself at Wests and for the Australian national team as Sheens' number two, Gentle is well respected in Australia.
The Herald Sun and Sydney Morning Herald newspapers had both linked Gentle with a possible return to Wests earlier this month when it was suggested Sheens could take over the vacant position at New Zealand Warriors.
However, following Sheens departure yesterday Gentle was installed as one of the favourites to be his successor.
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