Rohan Smith reveals another Leeds Rhinos star hasn’t been offered contract as he points to new signings

With clubs desperate to bolster their squad for 2023 and beyond, deals have been completed and many are still in the pipeline.

For Leeds Rhinos head coach, Rohan Smith, his roster is a ‘moving part’ with the former Bradford Bulls boss explaining his current transfer policy.

One of those new recruits that Smith has brought in is Wigan Warriors centre James McDonnell and Smith has revealed just how impressed he has been by the young star.

“I was actually watching many games on video at the start and I watched a couple of other players in the game and I saw James do a few things that I was impressed with,” Smith said.

“He’s got good leg speed and enjoys the collision. I did a bit of investigating and met him in person – he’s a terrific young man and he’s got terrific potential.

“I think it’s the right mix, we’ve got a lot of experienced players at the back end of their careers with a number of games under their belt.”

The Leeds head coach was keen to stress that more signings will be coming in, but that he will never say never to tinkering with his squad.

“The policy is to improve our roster as best we can whilst adhering to salary cap restrictions and previous investments. There will be a few more people coming in at some stage. The roster is always a moving thing.

“We haven’t made Muizz an offer, he is free to explore his options there.”

With Mustapha set to leave alongside hooker Brad Dwyer, other Super League sides will likely be ready to pounce.

Mustapha, of course, has been in and out of the Leeds side in recent seasons and spent most of 2021 with Hull KR as well as a loan spell at Bradford Bulls earlier this year.

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