In 2022 Leeds Rhinos defied the odds to reach the Grand Final for the first time in five years.
The Rhinos were once synonymous with the Grand Final winning five Grand Finals in six seasons a decade ago.
However, in the eyes of Jon Wells the Rhinos are no where near the Grand Final in 2023 despite wins over the Champions St Helens and of course the previously unbeaten Catalans Dragons.
Wells said of the Rhinos on Sky Sports:
“I think they are a work in progress. I don’t see them pushing for a Grand Final spot this year.
“I look at how teams like Warrington have strengthened and my favourites Wigan are doing.
“This is a team that is capable, but I think they are two or three quality players away from challenge the likes of St Helens, Catalans, Wigan and Warrington but they are making strides in the right direction.”
The Rhinos came up short against Hull KR last night in the rain and wind as Jordan Abdull produced a kicking masterclass.
However, despite this Leeds are still in a much healthier position this year than at the same stage last season.
So it is interesting to see Jon Wells write off a return to Old Trafford especially seen as though every year since 2020 they have taken a step closer to Grand Final glory.