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Leeds Rhinos forward ruled out for the rest of the season

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Leeds Rhinos have suffered an injury riddled 2024 season, with a number of key players spending time on the sidelines. Now, they have suffered a further blow as a star young player has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

The Rhinos currently sit seventh in the Super League table and have endured an underwhelming start to the season. After a significant recruitment drive in the close season, the Rhinos were expected to be part of the league’s leading pack.

However, a run of injuries to key players has contributed to a stuttering run of form. Key players such as James Bentley and Tom Holroyd have missed extended periods due to the head injuries. Star Backs Ash Handley, Harry Newman and David Fusitu’a have all suffered major injuries, which has left them sidelined for long periods.

Now, the Rhinos have confirmed that one of their highly-rated young talents will miss the remainder of the 2024 season.

Leeds Rhinos confirm prolonged injury lay off

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A club statement confirmed young forward, Morgan Gannon, faces a prolonged layoff due to the effects of a series of head injuries. 20-year-old Gannon first broke into the Rhinos side as a teenager in the 2021 season. He has made 45 appearance for the Rhinos in Super League, and was part of the side which reached the 2022 Grand Final.

An official club statement confirmed Gannon’s absence, to give his brain the opportunity to fully heal.

“After speaking with the concussion specialists, medical staff and coaching staff at Leeds it has been decided that I will not participate in the 2024 season.

“I am in the perfect health and not suffering any of the side effects of concussion, it is purely a decision to allow my brain time to heal, rest and recover from the concussions I’ve suffered in close succession. It was decision made a couple months back and I have since had time to process and come to terms with it.

“Although it is very disappointing, I have no doubt that is the best decision for my long term future in the game and life beyond rugby. I can’t thank the club enough for looking after my physical and mental well-being during this process.

“This time on the sidelines will be used as a great opportunity for me to develop and improve to make sure I am in the best position possible for when I make my return. Thank you for your support, and I’ll be ready to go in 2025,” added Gannon.

Smith keen to ensure Gannon receives best support

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Speaking in the club statement, Rohan Smith confirmed that Gannon will remain in training with the Rhinos for the rest of the season, although he will not be taking part in contact sessions. Gannon is working towards a return in the 2025 season.

Leeds Head Coach Smith said, “We will ensure that Morgan gets the best possible support as he looks to return to action next season. He is still very much part of our squad and trains with the boys with everything that can be done without contact.

“There is precedence for this in other codes and the experts tell us that the one thing we do know is that time and rest are crucial to the brains recovery.”

Smith added: “As well as being around the group, Morgan is also using the time to develop himself personally as he gains qualifications and our strength and conditioning staff have developed a specific programme that we believe will make sure that when Morgan is ready to return, he will be physically ready for the demands of playing Super League.

“I am sure that Morgan has a long career ahead of him and hopefully this short period off the field will enable him to fulfill his potential in the sport”.

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