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Phil Clarke backs Super League star to carry shock team to Grand Final

On Friday night we saw David Fusitu’a return for Leeds Rhinos and his return sparked Leeds into life as he carried well and scored two tries.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Phil Clarke said if he stays fit then Leeds could repeat their shock Grand Final charge from 2022.

“If he stays fit I think Leeds have a great chance of doing what they did last year,” Clarke said.

“He is powerful at both ends of the field and is a prolific try scorer for the Leeds Rhinos.”

His future is still uncertain however with his contract expiring at the end of 2023.

On this, Rohan Smith said:

“Updates will be given when there’s updates, but Fusitu’a has done a really good job with Fuss. He’s in better shape than he was. He was in good shape when he got hurt, but he’s in better shape now

“He came back fit and ready and after, what was that, like 12 weeks or 10 weeks or something, to come back and play like that game one on a long shows the credit to him for the way he’s done that. That’s not easy to do and a lot of times players are just trying to get through that first game. He was into it from the start.”

Meanwhile, on his brilliant carries, Smith added:

“He’s always been a great ball carrier. I’ve coached against Fus first in 2013 and he was one of the elite players of his age group in the NRL. He was in the elite wingers in the NRL at various times. So helping Foots to be consistent now is the challenge and the opportunity, but that was a terrific start for him. a terrific start for him.”

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