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Jarrod O’Connor reacts to Kruise Leeming’s shock exit

It won’t have escaped your notice that Kruise Leeming is on his way out of Headingley.

The hooker handed in a request to leave the club after a little over a three years at Headingley.

Leeming won the Challenge Cup with the Rhinos in 2020, was named in the 2021 Super League Dream Team and went on to represent England.

He also captained Leeds in the Grand Final in 2022 but started that game on the bench in an example of why Leeming is headed out of the club as he wants to start games and Jarrod O’Connor has forced his way into the starting 13.

Following this news, O’Connor said on the Rhinos YouTube channel: “I just need to keep doing what I’m doing, Rohan has faith in me.

“I have been quite close with Kruise and he has helped me out more than most people have whilst I have been going into the hooking role but obviously the team needs to kick on now and get back on track.”

However, O’Connor is keen to play longer minutes and this week he won’t have James Bentley for cover so it is likely Corey Johnson acts as his backup.

O’Connor said: “I want to play big minutes, I want to play 80 minutes at hooker if I can. Rohan is showing a lot of faith in me playing longer minutes and that is when I play my better rugby: when I have longer on the field and have longer to get involved in the game.”

It has been now reported by Leeds Live that Leeming is headed to NRL club Gold Coast Titans.

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