Richard Agar gives honest assessment of Kyle Eastmond as he heads into transfer market

Leeds fans were rocked in the last week when Kyle Eastmond announced he would be retiring from rugby, but Richard Agar does not blame the ex-St Helens man.

“I think it’s a really brave decision to be honest; when we signed Kyle, we knew there was some risk as he’s been out of the game for so long and we were really prepared to support him all the way through it.

“When we signed him, we thought he would be fit for the first game, but he wasn’t getting the right levels of condition – he took two steps forward and three steps back from a physical perspective.

“T think there was a feeling and realisation that it was going to be a longer road back than what we anticipated.

“Kyle was honest, the fire wasn’t burning as strong as it needed to be, but the way it ended is a real credit to Kyle for going down the road he did.”

Agar was, however, keen to stress that Leeds need to head into the transfer market as a result.

“We will need to recruit there now definitely; we knew Rob Lui was retiring and Richie Myler is still on contract, but we still need to bring another spine player in whether that’s a halfback or fullback.

“We are looking at agents and availability, but they must be a fit for 18 months to three years.”

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