Leeds not looking into transfer market ahead of Magic Weekend says coach

Josh McAllister
Rohan Smith Leeds Rhinos SWpix

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Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith has denied speculation linking his side to a new signing following the exit of Jack Walker.

Walker, 22, has joined Super League rivals Hull FC on loan for the remainder of the current season.

The move will have freed up some cap space at Headingley Stadium. However, Smith has rejected any speculation for a new player to arrive in time for Magic Weekend. Instead, the 41-year-old insists the move was solely to give Walker more game time. 

His Leeds Rhinos side face Castleford at Newcastle’s St James’ Park as the last fixture on the Saturday, with a 7:00pm kick-off.

“Nobody will come in ahead of Saturday,” said Smith. 

“Jack needs to be playing. He’s missed a bunch of time. He’s been training well, but at this stage Zak Hardaker and Richie Myler have both done us a good job at full-back in recent time. 

“It makes sense for everyone to get Jack playing some footy. Jack’s move to Hull is about giving Jack the opportunity to play.”

Smith refused to rule out any more players leaving the club before the end of the season. However, he recognised the small size of his players fit and available.

“If there’s opportunity for players to secure their future elsewhere and that benefits us in terms of roster management, then all things will be considered,” Smith added.

“We’re light on our numbers at the moment, so it’s certainly not the intention to lose anyone short-term. It’s a case-by-case situation and that’s how we’ll be dealing with it.”

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