Rohan Smith breaks silence on Leeds Rhinos’ link with ex-Wigan Warriors star Oliver Gildart

Rugby League Live yesterday revealed earlier today that Oliver Gildart is set for a shock move back to Super League to sign on a short-term deal with the Leeds Rhinos until the end of 2022 as Smith attempts to wheel and deal around the tight salary cap.

That will then mean Gildart leaves for the Dolphins in their inaugural NRL season in 2023.

For Leeds boss Rohan Smith, however, he remained coy on potentially bringing in the former Wigan Warriors centre.

“I’m not aware of any news on Oliver despite what has been broken, but there is always a chance,” Smith said.

“We have the potential and capability to make some late moves but there is nothing set in stone there.

“We don’t have to but there are moving parts and we are looking to build our squad for this year and next year.”

Leading rugby league agent, Craig Harrison of Show Me The Money UK, feels for Smith in trying to manoeuvre the salary cap.

“It must be so hard for Rohan because if the cap is where we think it is, he has got to make movement,” Harrison said on The Full Eighty Minutes podcast.

“They will have to release some players and will Sutty (Liam Sutcliffe) be one of those players? I would say he has to be looked at in that.

“Why I’m saying that is because he has only got what he’s got left on his contract, so when you get your board up and look at ones that are on over £160,ooo who aren’t playing well, they are staying because you can’t get rid

“If you’ve got Liam on whatever, you have to be giving a better deal for Liam to go or get a transfer fee but Liam is in a different bracket.

“There are probably ten players in that bracket who could move.”

For now Smith has been tinkering with his squad with Jack Walker moving to Hull FC on loan until the end of the season and both Jack Broadbent and Alex Mellor leaving early.

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