Leeds Rhinos confirm signing of Castleford Tigers star

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed the latest of their 2023 signings in the shape of Castleford Tigers winger Derrell Olpherts.

Olpherts spent three seasons at the Tigers playing in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in 2021 and scoring 36 tries in 54 appearances. Last season, he collected an impressive 18 tries as well as a host of top performances. He was third in Super League for metres made behind the Rhinos Ash Handley and Wigan’s Jai Field, he was second for carries, only behind new team mate Handley and was the top player in Super League for tackle busts, ahead of Field and St Helens’ Jack Welsby.

He can play at centre or wing and was targeted by Rhinos Head Coach Rohan Smith because of his versatility. He has previously played at Dewsbury and Newcastle in the lower leagues before getting his breakthrough in Super League with Salford in 2018.

Commenting on the signing Head Coach Rohan Smith said, “We are pleased to confirm Derrell’s signing. He is a talented player who can play anywhere in the backline. He showed last season in particular that he is an outstanding try scorer as well and I look forward to seeing him as part of our existing backline.”

Olpherts is excited to be joining the Super League Grand Finalists, he commented, “It is a great time to be at this club and I am looking forward to getting stuck in. I am looking to elevate my game here at the Rhinos. I am looking forward to working under Rohan Smith, I am sure he will help me develop my game and develop me as a person as well.”

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