Leeds Rhinos player clarifies injury situation after Boxing Day clash

Max Simpson is one of the latest young talents coming through the production line that is Leeds Rhinos’ academy and the 18-year-old returned to action in today’s Boxing Day match against Wakefield Trinity.

The 18-year-old caused some concern as he didn’t return to the field in the second half causing worry and speculation that his injury problems that had troubled him last season, had returned.

Simpson underwent surgery on his ankle following an injury in a game against Toulouse Olympique and rehabbed for the remainder of the season, which is why him not returning after half-time sparked concern.

“Yeah it’s gone amazing, obviously it’s been a while with the injury and then a pretty long pre-season so far but I felt good when I was out there.

“I felt perfect, the ankle was no problem at all. Obviously I came off at half-time but that was planned before so there’s no worries.”

On the fact he’s rehabbed and then gone straight into pre-season the young centre was also very positive.

“I feel really fit to be honest, probably the fittest I have done in my whole life so I feel good. There’s a good mixture of experienced lads and quite a few young boys so it’s good.”

Simpson had made the comments in an interview with the Rhinos’ official Youtube channel and he’ll look to go again in their next hit out against Leigh Leopards on January 21st with Rhinos set to travel to Leigh Sports Village for that game.

A further three pre-season games will help shape head coach Rohan Smith’s mind on whether the likes of Simpson get plenty of game time with Rhinos set to face Bradford Bulls, Hull Kingston Rovers and Hunslet before the season opener against Warrington Wolves.

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