Exclusive: Derrell Olpherts explains why & how he left Castleford Tigers for Leeds Rhinos

Derrell Olpherts has been well loved wherever he has played in Super League.

He scored tries for fun at Salford Red Devils when he burst into the team in 2018 after making his name in Betfred League 1.

Then he moved to Castleford Tigers in 2020 and has been their first choice winger ever since scoring four tries in one game against Hull FC this year having helped the Tigers to Wembley in 2021.

But in 2023, he will be moving on to pastures new as he makes the move to Leeds Rhinos.

Speaking exclusively to Serious About Rugby League, the winger explained what tempted him to Headingley:

“My agent just rung me up one day and said Leeds are interested in you, they want to have a meeting.

“I met with Rohan Smith when he was Bradford coach the year I signed at Salford, they were interested in me back then.

“Because I’d already met him before I knew what he was like and I followed his career in Australia because one of mates played for his team Norths Devils.

“So when my agent said that I was pretty excited, it’s Leeds Rhinos at the end of the day, I wanted to see what he had to say.

“We had the meeting and what he was saying is stuff I’ve had in my head all a long about wanting to get better and then the deal just got made after that so I couldn’t be happier to be honest.”

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