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Leeds Rhinos: Three more potential loan signings to address injury issues

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Leeds Rhinos are just a couple of wins away from the top of Super League despite a whole host of injury issues this season. They’ve remedied that with a loan move for Matty Russell, but who else could Rohan Smith’s side target?

Smith’s side sit seventh in Super League, just two points back from the playoffs and four shy of the summit of the competition, but they’ve not had it all their own way. The Rhinos have been one of the teams most affected by injury, and that’s seen them dip into the loan market recently.

Their outside backs specifically have been hit hard with the club’s longest-serving player Ash Handley missing game time due to a rib issue, whilst centres Harry Newman and Paul Momirovski have both also missed time.

There are also longer-term injuries to overseas star David Fusitu’a and young talent Riley Lumb, hence the addition of Matty Russell, but with the injury issues at Headingley not limited just to the backs it means there could be a host of other loanees added across the pitch.

Who could Leeds Rhinos bring in on loan?

Jake Bibby (Huddersfield Giants) – Wing/Centre

Leeds Rhinos could target Jake Bibby

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They might have already brought in Matty Russell to address their wing issues, but Leeds Rhinos are also short at centre and Jake Bibby is versatile enough to play both positions.

Earlier in the season Ian Watson explained that Bibby would be offered out on loan to get game time although that’s yet to happen. During that time he has found game time with the Giants but currently seems to be behind Elliot Wallis and potentially even Sam Halsall of late.

Meanwhile, centres Kevin Naiqama and Esan Marsters are among the most in-form in Super League meaning opportunities in the three-quarters could be hard for Bibby to come by at the John Smiths Stadium.

Sam Eseh (Wigan Warriors) – Prop

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Sam Eseh has already had a failed loan move this season with the youngster heading to The Jungle earlier in the year only to be injured before playing a game.

Matt Peet did promise that Castleford would have first refusal on Eseh if he was to become available on the loan market again and that has happened. He’s back on loan with the club again but that’s just a two-week deal during which he’s featured in the 60-4 defeat against St Helens from the bench.

If that’s not extended beyond the initial two weeks then Leeds Rhinos should be looking at an opportunity for the youngster themselves. That could well happen with Wigan boasting such a huge amount of riches in the forward pack.

Joe Bullock (Warrington Wolves) – Prop

Joe Bullock

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Bullock could be an interesting target for Leeds Rhinos with the prop forward being a very peculiar case this season. Just weeks into the season Bullock, alongside Matty Russell, was loaned out to Hull FC.

After just two games in Black and White and a further game at Widnes Vikings, Bullock has returned to Warrington’s squad and earned him a contract extension as well.

Despite that renewed contract that will keep him with the club until the end of 2026, Bullock hasn’t been named in today’s Challenge Cup semi-final team and hasn’t played since Round Nine of Super League.

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