It’s coming to that time again when clubs nail down the futures of those they want to keep, but for some, it will be time to leave.
So, we at Serious About Rugby League believed it would be good to start off a series including those players from clubs whose futures are still yet to be decided.
Next up are Leeds Rhinos.
Luke Briscoe actually began his career at Leeds, debuting in 2009, but soon found opportunities limited. A spell in the Championship with Feattherstone reignited the hunger and he rejoined the Rhinos in June 2018, first on-loan and then permanently. The winger has since nailed down a first-team spot, but whether boss Richard Agar sees a long-term future at Headingley for Briscoe is another matter altogether.
Tom Holroyd would have been in the Leeds squad for most of the season had injury not sidelined the prop forward. Having made his debut in 2018, Holroyd has gone from strength-to-strength and was expected to have a massive 2021 after a very successful pre-season. Will likely stay at Headingley, though.
There have been plenty of rumours surrounding Konrad Hurrell’s future, but with him being a marquee player, the likelihood of him staying is perhaps less. Despite him reiterating his desire to stay at Headingley, the Tongan international has yet to enter talks to extend.
One of Leeds’ most in-form players over the past few years, Rhyse Martin is still only 28 and seems to be getting better with each passing game. Having joined midway through 2019, the second-rower has become a formidable pack star for the Rhinos with a deal expected to be agreed.
Another one who would have likely have had a big 2021 if injury had not ruined the prospects, Callum McLelland has yet to really show Super League what he can do. A successful spell at Featherstone catapulted the halfback back into the Leeds side, but he has found himself on the periphery in the past season.
With the ability to play in the pack or at hooker, Jarrod O’Connor is of tremendous value to this Leeds outfit. Still only 20, it would make sense for the West Yorkshire club to extend his contract, particularly given his bright future ahead.
One of Leeds’ most impressive overseas signings in recent years, Matt Prior has continued to play at a consistently high level despite fears of the coronavirus pandemic ruining his stay in the UK. Approaching the twilight of his career, the prop may stick around for another season at Headingley, but don’t be surprised if he goes home.
He’s only been at Leeds for a season, with only six appearances made in that time, so the best is yet to come from King Vuniyayawa. With head coach Richard Agar only bringing the prop in for a year, it could either be a really short stay in West Yorkshire, or he may do enough to earn another contract.