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Exclusive: Leeds Rhinos utility man opens up on move out of Headingley

The second name O’Connor is one of the most talked about names in the world of rugby league.

Terry O’Connor will forever be a name remembered in the sport, after playing almost 400 career games for Salford, Wigan and Widnes.

And, now it’s the turn of his son, Jarrod, who came through the Widnes Vikings ranks to play Super League for the Leeds Rhinos for the first time in 2020.

16 appearances later and O’Connor will move to join the Bradford Bulls on-loan for 2022, even though the utility man was keen on fighting for his place at Leeds first and foremost.

“I wanted to see how pre-season goes first, I would much rather fight for my place at Leeds than go out on-loan as I’m a Leeds player,” O’Connor told Serious About Rugby League.

“Going out on-loan is in the back of my mind at the minute as I want to get in the Leeds team and nail down a starting spot at Headingley.”

O’Connor’s initial move to Leeds came about when his hometown club Widnes went into administration at the start of 2019.

“It was when Widnes went into administration, me and all the academy lads went into a meeting and we were told about everything.

“My dad came in the day after and said Leeds wanted to speak to me and later that day me and Sam Walters went to Leeds and signed the transfer and everything happened quite quickly.”

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