Leeds Rhinos could reportedly miss out on Brodie Croft

Leeds Rhinos have been linked with a huge transfer for Salford Red Devils star and Man of Steel Brodie Croft.

But doubt has been cast over this transfer by Jenna Brooks. On Sky Sports, she admitted Leeds were leading the way but said other clubs were interested in the stand off and that he could stay at Salford.

This is despite rumours of a £300,000 agreement between the clubs.

This comes as Gary Hetherington spoke about how AMT’s partnership with the club will boost the club’s recruitment:

“Well it won’t increase the salary cap unfortunately because the salary cap is what it is and you can’t spend any more than that. But I think it’s a great statement for the game.

“I think all sports clubs are going through a tough time now. It’s a really challenging time with increased costs and income expectations as well. So I think this is a great boost for the game generally, for Super League as well.

“It’s certainly a great boost for us at Leeds Rhinos. I think when you are challenged like we are and everybody else is, there’s really two ways, there’s two options you’ve got.

“One is to contract into survival, and that’s a perfectly sensible move for any business to make. Alternatively, you can look to expand into success. And that’s very much our route.

“We believe that we’ve got massive potential here at Headingley. We believe that we’re on the crest of putting an outstanding team together, a team that will be very much Rohan Smith’s team, probably in 2024.

“Rohan came in last year and inherited a team, and that’s about to change now and I think we’ve got a really exciting time to look forward to and this sponsorship really does underpin everything that we’re doing. It’s a great boost for the club and indeed a boost for the game as well.

“So in answer to your question, yes we will be using the sponsorship resources to actually improve our whole operation.”

He underlined the club’s willingness to pay transfer fees:

“Yeah, we’ve always been prepared to do that if need be. There has been other occasions in the past and I mentioned one a little bit earlier which was Iestyn Harris, that’s quite a long time ago isn’t it?

“Iestyn came into the club and made a significant difference at the time and that’s what we’re looking to do, to make a difference.

“The squad that will take the field next year will be a very different looking squad to the win that finished last season. So yes we’re always prepared to invest if we believe that that’s right for the team and right for the squad. So yeah there’s always a preparedness to do that.”