Jones-Bishop Leeds exit confirmed over the weekend

Leeds winger Ben Jones-Bishop will leave the club at the end of the season, it was confirmed over the weekend.

Jones-Bishop, 25, has struggled for first team opportunities since the arrival of Tom Briscoe from Hull in the close season, although has still managed seven tries in six appearances this season.

He said: “I have been at the Rhinos for seven years now so it will be sad for me to leave and it was a big decision to reject the offer of a longer contract last season, but I wanted to keep my options open until now.

“I will miss the Rhinos players and fans but they can be assured I want to finish my time here on a high and I will be trying my best to contribute to that success in any way I can.”

Jones-Bishop made his debut in 2008 and has since scored 53 tries in 76 games, including two in last Thursday’s victory over Castleford.

He also played in the 2011 and 2012 Super League Grand Finals.

Head Coach Brian McDermott said: “Ben has shown what a complete professional he is this season with his attitude and commitment to the team through what has obviously been a frustrating period for him personally. 

“Every day in training he is helping to set the standard that we aspire to, whether he is involved on the gameday or not and I appreciate that, as do his team mates. 

“He remains one of the best young English players in our competition and he has shown, when called upon this season, as he did at Castleford, that he is a clinical finisher of chances.

” It will be sad to see him go at the end of the season but he will go with all our best wishes and I know he will have a big part still to play in this season for the Rhinos.”

Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash has already expressed an interest in signing the winger, who has also been linked with Warrington.

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