There have been plenty of rumours pertaining to Leeds Rhinos’ centre position.
The Rhinos have let go of Liam Sutcliffe, Tom Briscoe and Zak Hardaker all of whom are first teamers who are potential options at centre.
With Harry Newman the only remaining senior centre who is currently recovering from a hamstring injury, Leeds have been expected to sign a centre using their one remaining quota spot on that position.
So fans were stunned when prop Sam Lisone was signed to fill that final quota spot until Matt Prior announced his retirement.
That decision left Leeds with a quota spot as well as salary cap space helped by the departure of Jack Walker.
So, it is safe to assume the Rhinos are chasing a centre and have been linked with Bryaden Wiliame – who has joined New Zealand Warriors – but the main target has been Nene MacDonald.
The Leigh Leopards centre played under Rhinos boss Rohan Smith at Norths Devils and has been linked with a move to Headingley.
This has been denied by the Leopards at every turn and the rumours have come and gone over the last six months.
An official spokesperson for the club told Serious About Rugby League: “The club will not be commenting and does not respond to speculation.”
MacDonald seems to be the smart guess especially with the Leopards having one too many overseas players on their Super League quota.
Owner Derek Beaumont has claimed that this is no problem and took to Twitter to say he has ways around this.
That said, the Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that Leeds are talking to three or four outside back options for next year as the club expects one more incoming.
They have also provided some great insight into the situation with outgoings and the situation around Derrell Olpherts’ position which you can read here.