Today, Leeds Live revealed that Jack Walker will be joining Hull FC on a short term deal.
It’s a decision which makes sense for both parties with Zak Hardaker and Richie Myler in fine form with both of them turning in stunning displays at fullback recently with Myler notching five tries and an assist at the weekend against Hull FC.
Meanwhile, Hull are struggling for players in the spine with Jake Connor injured long term and Josh Reynolds now gone. It speaks to the rumoured “immediate signing” Hull FC were looking for and would give the Black and Whites options in the spine which they desperately need. It also gives Walker some much needed game time.
Further, it enables Rohan Smith to continue moulding his Leeds squad which is on a high after that win over Hull FC. We’ve already seen him allow Jack Broadbent and Alex Mellor leave whilst Brad Dwyer – who appears set for a move away – has also been left out of the last two games.
It opens up the cap space Leeds need to bring in a player they need likely in the pack with Zane Tetevano and Tom Holroyd banned for the long term and a general lack of out and out props at the club.
So on the back of this news we’re looking at three players Leeds could use this signing to spark midseason recruitment with the Rhinos set to sign someone this week if reports are to be believed.
This is the most obvious one. Reportedly already signed at Leeds for next season, he fits the new Leeds mould of young players with potential perfectly and is what Leeds lack being an impact forward who can bring power off the bench in the same way as Agnatius Paasi, Sam Kasiano and Patrick Mago. Leeds have not had such an impact forward since Ali Lauitiiti was coming off the bench and such a player is a must in the modern game. Walker’s departure could see Leeds push to get Sangare in early.
Yesterday Leeds Live also revealed that Leeds are in extensive talks to sign Castleford winger Derrell Olpherts, the timing of this now seems a bit suspicious. Could Leeds’ talks with Olpherts have been designed to tempt him to Headingley immediately? But why would Leeds need another winger with Ash Handley and David Fusitu’a in fine form.
Daryl Powell has been very open about his rebuild and many players in the final years of their contract are set to leave including the likes of Jack Hughes. Rob Mulhern is another one and a former Rhino at that. A young player with a huge potential and exactly what Leeds need right now: another middle. Could Leeds make a play for their former player?