MIKE Rush is likely to be one of the most in-demand coaches in Super League after his superb handling of one of the most demanding jobs in sport.
Rush impressed observers with the way he handled team matters at Langtree Park following the early season departure of head coach Royce Simmons.
And few within the game who would be surprised if Rush – who turned down an offer to join Warrington a few years ago – is top of many clubs’ wish-list.
If that happened, it would be a case of whether loyalty to his home-town club meant more to him than personal ambition.
Rush, who was expected to return to his role as youth development officer at Langtree Park, fuelled speculation on his future when he told a radio interviewer: “I don’t know what I will do next. It may be something different.”
He added: “We have some good young players coming through, a fantastic chairman in Eamonn McManus, and Keiron Cunningham will be around next season and others as well.”
Saints had lost four consecutive games when Rush took over the reins – and he’s revelled in the job of turning around the club’s fortunes.
“It’s been a blast, but I’d have rather have got to the Grand Final,” he said.
“But just to be there, involved in a semi-final against your local rivals and 40 minutes away from a Grand Final, because that’s all we were, was a great experience.
“The club’s in a really good situation.”