Gary Hetherington makes recruitment promise for 2024 with Leeds Rhinos chief addressing ‘frustrated’ supporters

Josh McAllister
Gary Hetherington, Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos chief Gary Hetherington has shared an open letter to fans.

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has promised that the club are working hard behind the scenes to improve their squad for the 2024 Super League campaign.

In an open letter to fans, Hetherington says he understands the frustration among supporters just one signing confirmed for next season amid a disappointing 2023 campaign.

France international Mickael Goudemand will make the switch from Catalans on a two-year contract.

Rohan Smith’s side currently sit outside the play-offs in eighth position, having claimed just 10 wins all season with just five games remaining.

Leeds took a positive step towards their final push for a top six finish with a 24-22 win over Warrington at Headingley Stadium on Sunday, although Hetherington acknowledges that the team ‘have not delivered what we hoped’ this season.

The Rhinos are set to lose Sam Walters to Wigan at the end of the year, while Liam Tindall rejected an offer to stay with the club beyond the current campaign.

Blake Austin looks to have played his final game for the club following his loan move to Castleford, while Aidan Sezer’s NRL return has been confirmed.

James Bentley has been linked with an NRL move. James Donaldson, David Fusitu’a and Zane Tetevano remain off contract.

The club have however reportedly signed Newcastle Knights playmaker Lachlan Miller, with a three-year deal believed to have been accepted by the former Australian Olympic star.

Gary Hetherington makes recruitment promise for 2024

“Firstly, on behalf of all our players and staff I would like to say thank you to our fans for their continued support,” Hetherington said.

“For our men’s team, it has been a tough season so far and it is fair to say the team have not delivered what we hoped and expected at the start of the season.

“But all the players here now are united to finish the season strongly and we face five crucial games as we look to secure a play off spot, starting at Huddersfield Giants on Sunday.

“Our academy continues to develop outstanding young players and our women’s and wheelchair teams both made it to their respective Challenge Cup Finals with squads that are also developing following a period of success in recent years.

“We really do appreciate the support from all our fans and sponsors and the atmosphere Sunday was terrific.

“Whilst the victory was very welcome, it does not alter our challenge to improve our squad for next season.

“I do understand the frustrations of our fans in terms of our recruitment but they can be assured that there is a lot going on behind the scenes to create a squad full of talented and very committed players, which is what Rohan Smith is striving for.

“We are making sure that we get not just the right player but also the right person to take us forward next season and, just as importantly, in the years ahead.”

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