Rohan Smith gives Leeds Rhinos recruitment update as he reveals reasons behind Jack Walker departure and whether he’ll remain at the club

There’s been a suggestion that one or two players could be brought into Headingley in the near future.

This is because Jack Walker’s departure to Hull FC on loan has opened the door for the Rhinos giving them the necessary salary cap space to bring in at least one player or maybe two.

There is a belief that Leeds need reinforcements in the pack especially with Tom Holroyd and Zane Tetevano out long term due to suspensions.

Some even believed – or rather hoped – that the Rhinos would make a move for Luke Thompson now he’s in the UK for personal reasons.

Whether Thompson is a legitimate target or not, no new players will be through the door this week with Leeds going with what they have after a 62-16 win over Hull coach Rohan Smith confirmed.

However, the door is open moving forward for Leeds to make further signings with the Rhinos boss saying: “I’ll always be looking to retain and recruit. Roster management is an on going process and we’ll be continuing that process day to day and going forward.”

With no new signings coming in, it makes the decision to let Jack Walker more interesting but Smith said that the player had to come first: “It was a tricky one. It had to be player first. He needs to be playing.

“Jack’s just on loan so when his loan’s done he’ll be back with us.”

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