“He’s a great player” – Watson has his say on if Huddersfield could sign Kruise Leeming

Last night rumours began to swirl that a former Huddersfield Giants star was set to leave his current club begging the question, could he make a return to the John Smith’s Stadium.

Rugby League Live have reported that Leeds Rhinos are willing to allow former captain and Challenge Cup winner Kruise Leeming to leave the club.

Leeming has worn the number nine shirt at Leeds since 2020 and has made 65 appearances for the Rhinos during a time in which he forced his way into the England setup having been named in the 2021 Super League Dream Team.

An injury last year saw him miss out on the World Cup with Jarrod O’Connor replacing him as the club’s starting nine which was a trend that went all the way to the Grand Final and has been assumed again recently.

This is perhaps why Leeming is interested in an exit to ensure more game time.

Leeming has again been left out of the side tonight after recovering from a foot injury sustained against St Helens.

Then Brian Carney has revealed that Leeming could be headed to a shock destination.

He said that he could be headed to the NRL.

Carney said on Sky Sports: “It may be the NRL he is headed to.”

He would later add: “There’s rumours circulating that it could be to the NRL and as specific as the North Queensland Cowboys.”

Tonight, the boss of Leeming’s former side who he joined the Rhinos from, Huddersfield Giants, Ian Watson had his say on whether the Giants could attempt to sign him.

“I don’t think Kruise will be one for us to be fair,” Watson said.

“He’s a great player, we have some great nines here. Nathan Peats, Adam O’Brien and Ash Golding drops in there as well.

“He is a great player and you would look at him if you could but I don’t think we need him at this moment in time.”

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