When It was finally been confirmed that former Leeds Rhinos hooker Kruise Leeming will be joining Gold Coast Titans, the hooker made an interesting statement.
The 27-year-old has 187 games of Super League experience, scoring a try in last season’s grand final.
Following the announcement, for the first time since news of his exit was revealed, Leeming spoke out revealing an interesting reason for his sudden departure.
He took to Instagram to say:
“I have loved playing for Leeds Rhinos and I am immensely proud to have captained the club to a Challenge Cup victory and the Grand Final last season. I have always given my absolute best for the club and that is why I am sad my time at the club has come to a premature end,” Leeming began his statement.
He then suggests that the move suits Rohan Smith’s desires, stating:
“To play at Headingley in front of the amazing support has been an honour and a privilege, I wish the team and the club every success however it is my understanding that this move suits the coaches wishes and I know this is how things go in professional sport.”
He went on to thank the likes of Gary Hetherington and former coach Richard Agar:
“I have nothing but admiration for what Gary Hetherington has done at Leeds and would like to thank him, Kevin Sinfield, Richard Agar and Jamie Jones Buchanan for making my time at the club so special.
“Look forward to meeting my new teammates and a new challenge in the NRL with the Gold Coast Titans.”
Speaking after this former Rhino Barrie McDermott admitted he was disappointed with how the exit happened on the Eddie and Stevo podcast:
“If I’m honest, if I put my blue and amber on then I think I’m disappointed with how Kruise Leeming has left the club because I think he deserved better than that,” McDermott said.
“These things are always messy whenever you go and it’s not on your own terms there’s always a fallout.
“I think he’s kept his powder dry, he’s said more by not saying than than saying stuff.”
Eddie then said: “He’s had a little pop”
McDermott acknowledged this: “He has but it was more around what he didn’t say and who he didn’t think, which I think probably his way of getting it out there without spoiling his reputation.
“He’s a good kid and I wish him well over at Gold Coast.”