Leeds boss Richard Agar understands Liam Sutcliffe’s decision to hand in transfer request

Drew Darbyshire

Sutcliffe made his first team debut for Leeds in 2013

Leeds coach Richard Agar says he understands and respects Liam Sutcliffe’s decision to hand in a transfer request to the club.

The 25-year-old has handed in a transfer request to the Rhinos because he wants a fresh challenge in his career.

Sutcliffe has scored 53 tries and kicked 257 goals in 171 appearances for Leeds, and has earned one cap for England.

Agar told Rhinos TV: “I’m disappointed but I’m only disappointed in the sense that we enjoy having Liam here. We think he is a really good player and a valuable part of our squad.

“This is not the first time that this has reared its head, we’ve had some really amicable conversations about his role and the future moving down the track and obviously during the break it has reared its head again and he’s decided that at this stage of his career and his desire to cement in one position, I think that is a big part in it that he feels like he needs a fresh challenge so from our point of view, we understand.

“We would much rather him be part of our squad but at the same time this happens.

“This happens in a player’s career and while he is here I know he will give his absolute best for us and I think it is up to us to work through that as a club now and work out what is best for us moving forward and see what comes in for Liam.”

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