Leeds legend Danny McGuire says the club’s supporters need to be patient as they go through a transitional period.
The 36-year-old, who will retire at the end of the season, left Headingley in 2017 to finish his career at Hull KR.
Since then the Rhinos have struggled and after flirting with relegation last season, they find themselves near Super League’s trap door again in 2019.
Their current position is a far cry from McGuire’s time at Leeds, as the club’s golden generation stormed to a record eight league titles in 14 years.
However, with that group of players now gone and expectations still high, things have started to get ugly with a large turnover in staff and players over the last two seasons.
Despite the unrest at Headingley, former great McGuire, who will be part of Sky’s commentary team for their game against Wigan, is confident the Rhinos will come good again.
“The quality of the people they’ve got at the club and the quality of players they’ve got, it is a bit surprising, but I suppose Leeds are in a bit of a transition period,” McGuire told Sky Sports.
“They had a lot of success when I was there, and a lot of the players have moved on, and the club is finding its feet now and re-assessing.
“They’re such a big club, expectations are always high, and there are some good, young players coming through the system.
“I imagine Leeds will be back up there competing with the likes of St Helens and Warrington in the next few years.”