Poland-born Leeds prop Mikolaj Oledzki will pay tribute to his neighbouring country Ukraine in tonight’s televised clash against Wakefield.
The Rhinos have unveiled a new look third kit ahead of their match against Wakefield tonight. It was mainly brought out to avoid any potential kit clashes in Super League.
And to launch the look at the new pink kit, Leeds will be auctioning off Oledzki’s shirt after Thursday night’s game on Ebay with all proceeds going to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
Oledzki, who was born in Gdasnk in Ukraine’s neighbouring country Poland, will wear a Ukraine flag on the front of his jersey on Thursday as a show of support for all those impacted by Russia’s invasion.
On his Ukrainian neighbours, Oledzki said: “Me and all the lads send our love and support to the people of Ukraine along with our thoughts and prayers.
“It is a country close to home for me and it is a tough time for them and it is a sad time.
“You think in this day and age we’d have put all that stuff behind us. It is tough but we are sending our love and support and hopefully this can end soon.”
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The 23-year-old knows the hard work is to make Wane’s squad is just beginning, but is excited by the challenge.
He added: “It is early days but it is exciting. I know there is plenty of work to do.
“I didn’t start the season like I wanted to but I’m still trying to find my best form. It is has given me that extra motivation to try and push myself even more. It is really exciting to be on the startling line and try to work my way into the team for the end of the year.”