In recent weeks the future of Leeds Rhinos winger Derrell Olpherts has been called into question.
Olpherts joined Leeds at the end of 2022 from Castleford Tigers on a two year deal ahead of the 2023 Super League season. Olpherts was given the number 16 shirt and made his debut in defeat against Warrington Wolves in Round One.
He scored on debut and did score a memorable try for the Rhinos later in the season as they defeated the previously unbeaten Catalans Dragons at Headingley.
Olpherts would find opportunities harder to come by at the end of the season with the winger behind David Fusitu’a and Ash Handley in the pecking order.
With the Rhinos looking to add to their squad for the 2024 season, there have been questions over potential exits before the start of the new season including Olpherts.
The winger has been linked with a move to Bradford Bulls before interest from Leigh Leopards but Serious About Rugby League revealed that this move has been turned down.
Furthermore, it seems he will definitely be at Leeds having been pictured at pre-season training.
Speaking to Serious About Rugby League previously, Derrell Olpherts revealed the inside information of his move to Headingley: “We had the meeting and what he was saying is stuff I’ve had in my head all a long about wanting to get better and then the deal just got made after that,” added Olpherts.
“I couldn’t be happier to be honest. You always want to feel like you are progressing in your career and I do feel it’s a step up to a club that have serious credentials.
“My aim, like Leeds as a club, is to win trophies and I think the Rhinos are a team who would class any season without silverware as a disappointment – that’s the kind of club I want to be at.”
The Rhinos had been linked with Greg Eden before his move to Halifax Panthers and have since been linked with Wakefield Trinity’s Lee Kershaw.
Rohan Smith’s side has now let go of Richie Myler who has joined York Knights for 2024 with Tom Lineham likely to join him.