To the surprise of many, former Warrington Wolves halfback and Leeds Rhinos fullback Richie Myler has now left Headingley for a new opportunity.
The Ireland international joined Leeds Rhinos in 2018 as a replacement for club legend Danny McGuire as he joined Hull KR. Myler also took on Rob Burrow’s famous number seven shirt in 2018 and was crowned Leeds’ Player of the Year in a difficult season for the club.
At the end of 2019, he himself was replaced at seven by Luke Gale but carved out a new career for himself at fullback where he would excel.
In 2020, he won the Lance Todd trophy in the Challenge Cup Final win over Salford Red Devils in which he started at fullback. He went on to take the number one shirt in 2023 but will now join York RLFC.
Myler has now explained why he joined the Championship outfit for next year: “I’m delighted really. It’s been one of those parts of the season I’ve just been looking forward to, as soon as I started speaking to Clint about the opportunity – coming to and working with York, and how exciting that was going to be. I jumped at the chance.
“I can see the vision that they’re trying to achieve here, the goal that they want to get to, I could see how I could play a good part in that and I was really excited about coming in and ripping it with the boys showing them what I’ve got.
“We’ve talked a lot about experience around the game, I’ve played a number of games at some big Clubs so I want to win – that’s the ambition of the Club. That’s what I see that I can bring to the team – my experience.
“We’ve got a young squad full of a lot of talent that if I can nurture and progress the team forward, bringing that professional environment I’ve been in for a long time. I’m looking forward to it.”
Head Coach Andrew Henderson added further insight suggesting that Myler was looking for a move away from Headingley perhaps due to the fact Lachie Miller looks set to take on the number one shirt.
Henderson said: “He’s a player that came on late in the day to be honest with you…It wasn’t someone who was on our radar months previously or anything like that, but I just think the timing of it was right.
“With Danny Kirmond officially announcing his retirement, I just felt as a coach we probably needed another senior head to balance the squad a little bit more.
“When I heard that Richie was looking for another opportunity and was potentially available, we held those discussions with him and both myself and Clint were impressed with him, and his energy and his desire to be part of this project, be part of this journey and to help this team progress forward in 2024.
“So I’m really, really pleased and thankful that between Clint and Gary Hetherington at Leeds we were able to facilitate that exit strategy for Richie to join us permanently.
“Really excited to have him on board and I’m looking forward to working with him next year. I know Ged Corcoran speaks highly of him from having worked with him at Ireland…That was another contributing factor in making this happen.”