Super League star set for shock new career

The likes of Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves are all developing young British halfbacks but sadly we have seen one young British halfback with loads of potential slip through the cracks somewhat.

That is Callum McLelland. The halfback started his development at Castleford Tigers and was seen as the next big thing at the club alongside halfback partner and now Hull FC star Jake Trueman.

He then went to rugby union and represented Scotland before joining Leeds Rhinos in 2019.

He however constantly had to deal with injuries during his Leeds career suffering a serious injury in his final game against Wakefield Trinity.

He has subsequently not played a game for Cas since joining the club again and earlier this year, Castleford announced he had left the club. They said:

“After a recent setback on his road to recovery, McLelland will now start a new venture outside of the sport and he wanted to thank everyone involved with the Tigers for their backing during a difficult period.”

McLelland himself added:

“I’m gutted I haven’t been able to play a game in the two years I’ve had here. I have been doing everything I can to get fit and to get back playing but unfortunately, my injuries haven’t allowed me to. The club have been great with me since I arrived, and I can’t thank the performance and medical staff enough, especially Matty (Crowther). I’m hoping the lads can finish this season strong and I wish them all the best.”

Castleford Head Coach Andy Last has seen McLelland’s efforts to get back on the field first-hand over the past couple of years and provided his wishes for the future.

“We are really disappointed that we couldn’t get Callum in a position to perform for Castleford. Despite the best efforts of the performance team and medical team and Callum’s hard work unfortunately we have come to an amicable agreement that it would be in both parties’ best interests to go our separate ways.

“We wish Callum the best of luck in his future career plans.”

McLelland has now come out and said he still wants to play Super League.

When asked on BBC Radio Leeds, he said: “Of course yeah, I still want to play internationally, I still want to play in World Cups, body allowing.

“I feel like I have still got potential. I feel like I have a lot more to give and if it doesn’t work out then I know it’s not meant to be.

“But at this moment it is still my goal.”

However, the halfback has now started his own business doing gardening calling his company Garden Barber.

You can read more about it on his Instagram page.