Exclusive: Leeds Rhinos signing reflects on missing out on the biggest game of his career

Derrell Olpherts is ready to be a Leeds Rhinos player in 2023 and is hoping to help the club build on their 2022 Grand Final appearance.

Thus, Olpherts will be hoping to play in some of the big games after all, a club of Leeds’ stature, should be chasing trophies.

However, in what would have been the biggest game of his career, Olpherts was left out the last time he had a chance of playing in a Grand Final.

After a strong first season with Salford in 2018 and playing a vital role in guiding them from relegation, he was left out of the Salford side who made it to the Grand Final against St Helens in 2019 as Salford chased a fairytale.

Speaking exclusively to Serious About Rugby League, Olpherts opened up on this:

“My form wasn’t right at the time probably, there were a few things, I wasn’t playing at my best at the time but there were also quite a lot of experienced outside backs in that squad but it happens in sport.

“I’m not going to beat myself up about it, I’m my own worst critic, I’ve reviewed it myself that’s always been my approach.”

However, it was still a big experience for Olpherts:

“It was surreal being a part of that even if I didn’t get to play in the game but it was good to be a part of it especially with a team like Salford who are a team you would say aren’t really supposed to get to a Grand Final especially with it being my second year.”

Olpherts has played in a major final since as he helped Castleford to Wembley in 2021 but he would certainly love a crack at Old Trafford.

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