Rhyse Martin grateful for support as back-rower returns to Leeds

Josh McAllister
Rhyse Martin Leeds Rhinos

Rhyse Martin has thanked fans for their support following the passing of his father as the back-rower returns to training with Leeds.

The 28-year-old played in the club’s round one tie with Warrington despite learning of the sad news just days before.

He was granted compassionate leave by the club and returned to Australia to be with family shortly after.

Martin returned to the UK earlier this week and has been named in the squad to face Wakefield this Thursday.

Rhyse Martin dedicates career to father

He said: “It’s been a tough few weeks watching from Australia. It’s not what I wanted to see, the boys not getting any wins. I know how hard it is when you’re not winning games. 

“Hopefully we can get a good win this weekend and build for the rest of the season.

“I haven’t really had time to get back to a lot of people. But I really appreciate everyone that’s sent a message or reached out and sent their support and condolences.

“I really appreciate all that. It’s been really hard for my family, but we’re dealing with that. I appreciate everyone’s support.

“My dad loved watching us play. He’s been my biggest supporter, so to get out there and represent him, that’s what I want to do for the rest of my career.”

Leeds v Wakefield team news

Harry Newman has been named in Leeds’ squad to face Wakefield on Thursday at The Be Well Support Stadium.

Newman has been sidelined for the opening three rounds. The centre suffered a hamstring injury in the pre-season win over Hull. He has been named in Richard Agar’s squad to face Trinity in round four.

Winger David Fusitu’a could make his second appearance for the club. He has been ruled out of the last two games with concussion after leaving the field against Warrington.

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