Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith has revealed the replacement for Aidan Sezer ahead of the club’s Grand Final clash against St Helens next weekend.
Sezer, of course, will not be playing in that game due to concussion protocols following a hard challenge from Wigan’s John Bateman on Friday night.
Smith stated that Sezer was upset about the news.
“I had a conversation with the doctor yesterday who has been in conversation with the Super League chief medical officer. Aidan won’t be available this week,” Smith said.
“I believe it’s the category one symptoms which are the determining factor about being able to play during the game or the following week.
“He is shattered, but the good news is he felt great going into the dressing rooms after the knock.
“He got through the post-game stuff without feeling bad. He feels clear minded and healthy but he is clearly disappointed to be missing out.”
Now, the Leeds boss has revealed Sezer’s potential replacement.
“Richie is a well experienced half, the way that we play the roles are quite interchangeable,” Smith said.
“That’s the obvious change as Zak has played well at fullback too.”
One man that will return is Rhyse Martin following the ending of his suspension, with Smith revealing the PNG international played a key role in the win over Wigan.
“Rhyse was probably the happiest person in Wigan on Friday.
“He did everything he could during the game loading and unloading the bus.”