Kruise Leeming’s shock exit confirmed by Rohan Smith

There has been a real shock story last night.

Rugby League Live 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.”

After the match, speaking on the Rhinos’ YouTube channel, Rohan Smith confirmed that Kruise Leeming had requested a release from the Rhinos.

Smith said: “He requested a release and has been given the opportunity to seek a new club.”

Smith would later go on to say that he is only interested in players who want to play for the Rhinos:

“I found out earlier this week. I’ll just go turn to players that are Leeds Rhinos.”

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