Exclusive: Leeds Rhinos’ plans to replace Richie Myler

It seems unthinkable that the son of Kevin Sinfield and the grandson of John Holmes could both play in the same Leeds Rhinos team, but that is certainly a possibility now that Kieran Hudson has joined Jack Sinfield at Leeds for the 2023 Super League season.

The former Sunderland goalkeeper made the switch to rugby league late in his career compared to most and quickly worked his way to Castleford Tigers. The 23 year old prop has joined the Rhinos for the 2024 season and beyond as the latest new recruit after the Rhinos signed a number of players from Super League rivals such as Brodie Croft, Andy Ackers and Mickael Goudemand.

This news was released to perhaps ease the concerns from some Leeds fans about squad depth at Headingley. A week ago, it looked like Leeds had excellent squad depth in the spine but that has now changed with the Rhinos releasing Richie Myler to join York Knights for the 2024 season in one of the biggest signings of the season for Championship clubs.

This has left fans questioning where the squad depth is within the Rhinos spine with Luke Hooley having already left to join Castleford Tigers and his former Batley Bulldogs boss Craig Lingard. Thus, some fans now expect the Rhinos to make a move to replace Myler in the transfer market.

However, Serious About Rugby League understands that is not the case. Though the Rhinos are likely to return to the transfer market after the departure of Myler, it is more likely that Leeds move for a prop to add depth to their squad.

This is because the club are happy with their options at fullback with Rohan Smith backing youngsters Alfie Edgell and Riley Lumb whilst Ash Handley is viewed as a legitimate option to cover at fullback. This makes keeping Derrell Olpherts all the more important after he turned down a move to Leigh Leopards recently.

But what about the halfbacks? Well Leeds have Jack Sinfield who appears to be edging closer and closer to the first team. They also have Corey Johnson who ideally shouldn’t have to cover nine as much with Andy Ackers signing for the club. The Rhinos also have impressive young stand-off Ned McCormack.