One in and one out Leeds Rhinos transfer edges closer

At Wakefield Trinity it is a case of one in and one out with Leeds Rhinos set to sign one of their players after they pulled off a major coup themselves.

Last week, Serious About Rugby League reported that winger Lee Kershaw was on the radar of the Headingley club and then yesterday (13th November) the Yorkshire Post reported that Leeds were the front runners to sign the winger who has been in discussions with Wakefield over a new deal.

However, it looks like his future is elsewhere especially after Wakefield’s recent signings drafting in the likes of Jermaine McGillvary from Huddersfield Giants and Lachlan Walmsley from Halifax Panthers both of whom are excellent wingers.

This means that Kershaw is likely surplus to recruitments and could be bound for the exit door and a move to Headingley.

Serious About Rugby League understands that this move is edging closer though it raises questions about the future of Derrell Olpherts.

Wakefield though have kept things moving in a positive direction signing exciting young halfback Myles Lawford from Bradford Bulls.

The young half-back made his senior debut against Workington Town in August 2022 and has since made six first team appearances.

Bradford had been in discussions with Myles and his agent over several months having offered an extended contract on significantly improved terms. The 20-year-old has, however, decided on a move to the Be Well Support Stadium.

The Bulls said that once it became clear, this month, that Myles didn’t wish to extend his contract, and following contact from Wakefield, we entered into discussions with them ensure that the Bulls received the relevant compensation for a homegrown player.

Having done so, the club will now reinvest that money into maintaining and strengthening its’ Elite Academy operation, which costs the club circa £140,000 per season to run, with no funding from the RFL.

The Bulls stated: “We would like to thank Myles for all his efforts in the red, amber and black throughout his time at the club and sincerely wish him all the very best for the future.”