Leeds head coach Rohan Smith has responded to speculation linking Jack Broadbent with a move away from the club.
The 21-year-old had previously been rumoured to be joining Hull KR, but fresh reports have linked the youngster to a move to Castleford.
Broadbent is currently in his final year of his contract at Headingley Stadium, and clubs have been free to speak to players since May 1.
To date, the utility has made a total of 21 appearances so far since his debut in 2020. However, he has found game time hard to come by in recent times. He has played just five times so far this season.
Rohan Smith on speculation
When asked about the reports, Rohan Smith told Love Rugby League: “I don’t read publications, so I’m not aware of where he may or may not be going.
“Players that are off-contract have the opportunity to explore their options as do we. I won’t be making too many comments on where players may or may not be.”
Retentions at Rhinos
Smith, 41, confirmed that work is underway towards retentions beyond 2022 at the Rhinos.
Several key players are without a contract beyond 2022, including goal-kicker back-rower Rhyse Martin, hooker Brad Dwyer and winger Tom Briscoe.
Corey Johnson, Alex Mellor, Jarrod O’Connor, Muizz Mustapha and Bodene Thompson are all also off-contract for 2023.
“We’re getting there,” Smith said.
“Understanding how the salary cap operates and what people are valued at over here is something I’ve been spending a little bit of time on with a few people at the club.
“There are some discussions there that are taking place for sure.”