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Hooker returns to Leeds Rhinos and set to feature against St Helens

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Leeds Rhinos have had a mixed season so far, with the club two points adrift of sixth place in the Super League table after 11 games. Rhinos fans were hoping the club would be firmly in the top six this season, however, a run of serious injuries to key players has threatened to derail their season.

The run of injuries has presented opportunities for those on the periphery of Leeds’ first-team squad to stake a claim for selection. 17-year-old, Riley Lumb, impressed on his debut against Hull FC, before succumbing to a nasty hamstring injury in the next game.

Luis Roberts has been a regular in Leeds’ starting line-up, thanks to serious injuries to David Fusitu’a, Harry Newman and Paul Momirovski.

Now, Leeds’ injury crisis looks set to offer an opportunity for another one of those who started the season out of Rohan Smith’s thinking.

Leeds Rhinos Hooker hoping to first-team stake claim

Corey Johnson

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Corey Johnson was once thought of as the next hot prospect out of Leeds’ fabled youth academy. He made his debut against Warrington Wolves in 2019, before taking a break from the game. After a time in amateur rugby, he re-joined the Rhinos in 2021, immediately joining York City Knights on loan. He became a key part of the Rhinos’ side in 2023, playing 18 games in a difficult season.

Johnson has spent most of this season on loan. His contract is set to expire at the end of the season and Johnson had looked set to leave the club. However he was unexpectedly recalled to the first-team squad for the game against the Catalans Dragons.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Johnson confirmed that he intends to try and stake a claim for a place in the Rhinos side.

“I am going to try to push for a place in the team here,” Johnson stated

“I’ve not thought about next year yet. I just want to get myself right, get my footy right and take it from there.”

Johnson in line to face St Helens

Corey Johnson has fallen down the pecking order at Leeds Rhinos and could seek a loan moan to earn playing time.

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In a remarkable upturn in fortunes, Johnson is now in line to face St Helen on Friday night, having been named in Leeds’ 21-man squad. Brodie Croft also returns to the squad, which may limit Johnson’s chances of making the match-day squad.

However, Johnson is determined to make the most of this opportunity. Commenting on what has been a difficult 2024 so far, Johnson believes he now has the chance to prove himself to the Leeds hierarchy.

“It has been a bit disruptive, not the start to the year I wanted, especially coming into the last year of my contract. You want to prove yourself and get game time, but it is what it is. I’ve just got to play with the cards I’ve been dealt and just do my best.”

With Leeds struggling for a settled side this season, this may be Johnson’s best chance to earn himself a new contract for 2025.

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