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CONFIRMED: Hall to leave Leeds

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Ryan Hall is set to leave Leeds Rhinos after being with the side since 2007.

England international winger Ryan Hall has announced he will leave the champions at the end of the 2018 campaign, after reaching the fifth highest amount of tries in Leeds history with 231 tries in 327 appearances.

Hall has collected plenty of honours in his time at Leeds, with six Grand Final victories, two challenge cups – which included a Lance Todd winning man of the match performance in 2014 and a World Club Challenge win, which included two tries.

He will also be remembered for the last second try away at Huddersfield that snatched the League Leaders shield away from Wigan in 2015, which led to Leeds Rhinos winning the treble.

Hall has continued to perform at the highest level over the course of his time at Leeds and with England, leaving him to be tagged with the nickname “World’s Greatest Winger”.

Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby, Kevin Sinfield said; “Naturally we are disappointed to lose a player of the quality of Ryan Hall. The club were keen to keep him here and we made him an offer that reflected his standing in the game. I know that Ryan will be doing everything between now and the end of the season to make sure his time at the club ends on the best possible note. He will remain a close friend of the Rhinos; as a Leeds lad, playing for his club and winning with the Rhinos means so much to him and I am sure we will remain in regular contact with him.

“The departure of any senior player is a chance for someone else to come into our group, just as it was for Ryan when he first broke through over a decade ago, and we will be looking to strengthen the whole group for 2019 and beyond with this opportunity.”

Ryan Hall added; “I have had twelve amazing seasons as a Leeds Rhinos player and I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together. For me personally, I feel that this is the right time for a new challenge after such a long period at the club and my decision in no way reflects on the Rhinos.

Words cannot really do justice to how much representing my home town club and enjoying so much success has meant to me. My focus now is on the remainder of this season and putting the Rhinos in the best possible position for next season and beyond. I have had the privilege of working with brilliant coaches and players in my time at the club and I have total faith that under Kevin Sinfield and James Lowes the club will continue to go in the right direction for the future.”

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