My fax got a response.|
Alf told me that Jimmy wanted to leave, there was nothing that Leeds could do to stop him, and that the fans were not to worry as we'd plenty of great young hookers looking to step into his boots. But Jimmy hadn't wanted to go. I bumped into him at the opening Leeds fixture of the shortened summer 1996 season, a cup game away at Swinton, and he was almost as distraught as me.
Leeds had signed Lowes from Hunslet in 1992 and he'd been a fixture for us racking up 20 tries in 115 outings, most of those in the starting line-up.
Even as a Bradford player you could admire his professionalism, determination and will to win. Deep down I knew his heart was at Leeds and not with the interlopers from the suburbs.
After stints as coach at Salford Reds, Warrington Wolves and latterly at the same club under ex-Rhinos god Tony Smith, it is time for Jimmy to come home.
He's joined the back-room staff at Headingley as McDermotts second in command and will soon be joined by another Rhinos hero of the past in Matt Adamson who will work with the youngsters. The Rhinos have had a major coaching clearout to go with the minor turnover of playing staff and we are now looking at a brave new world both on and off the pitch.
All of a sudden the new season is starting to sound like an interesting prospect.