Gary Hetherington on allowing player described as “generational talent” leave

Today Leeds Rhinos confirmed the departure of young centre Levi Edwards who former Leeds coach Richard Agar described as a “generational talent” in the past.

So, why has such a promising young player been let go by the Rhinos.

Well Leeds Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said it was an opportunity they felt they had to let him take on.

He said: “Levi leaves with our best wishes and I am sure he will continue his progression in the Championship with York. He has worked hard during pre-season with the Rhinos but the opportunity to secure a long term deal with York was something we were happy to allow him to do.”

Perhaps the potential of players like Harry Newman, Luis Roberts and Max Simpson were also a factor.

Either way, Edwards is excited by the move:

“I’m really excited. I was at the Club last year for the season on loan and I really enjoyed it, it’s a really good Club. I can’t wait to get going again now playing for the Club on a permanent deal.

“I want to improve my game and develop as a player and I think that York is the Club for me to do that.

“It’s a really professional environment here and the facilities are top class. It wasn’t a hard decision to come here on a permanent deal and I think it’s going to be a really good move for me in the long run.

“And hopefully I can help the Club in the long run by getting us into Super League. I’d love to help York get there and I’d love to be playing in Super League myself.

“We’ve got the facilities, coaching staff and players, so it’s up to us to do it.”

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