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These 5 Leeds Rhinos players are set to leave – the way things stand

These 5 Leeds Rhinos players are set to leave – the way things stand

Leeds Rhinos now have a new head coach following the sacking of Rohan Smith last month. The Rhinos have signed former Parramatta Eels player Brad Arthur as the club strives to climb the Super League table.

Recruitment and retention decisions are likely to be made in the coming months, however, with several key men out of contract at the end of the season. Here’s a look at the five players who could leave Headingley this winter, as things stand.

James Donaldson

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The one-year deal Donaldson signed last year is up in a few months and the testimonial man has yet to secure his future. The 32-year-old has been a reliable member of the Rhinos first team since joining from Hull KR ahead of the 2019 season, but his game time has been severely restricted this time around.

A neck injury has meant he has only played three games, with his last outing coming in March. He is expected to return soon and will be determined to prove his worth to the club and the new manager.

David Fusitu’a

Injury problems have hampered Fusitu’a’s time in West Yorkshire and the club have a tough decision to make over the former New Zealand and Tonga international. He has made 34 appearances since the start of the 2022 season, netting 16 tries along the way, but has managed just four league starts this time around, which will be disappointing. With the 29-year-old occupying a place in the international quota, Leeds will assess whether they can make better use of that spot.

Rhyse Martin

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Leeds have made an offer to Rhyse Martin to stay at Headingley but he is yet to commit his future to the club. The Papua New Guinea international is said to have interest from the likes of Leigh Leopards and Warrington Wolves and that will be a concern for the Rhinos given his importance to the team.

The 31-year-old has been at Leeds since 2019 and his ability with the ball in hand and off the kicking tee has made him a favourite amongst Rhinos fans. His loss will be felt sorely, then.

Louis Roberts

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The Welsh international is another Leeds man who is attracting interest from other Super League clubs ahead of next season, which again could be a concern for Leeds. Roberts, who has been a Rhino since leaving Leigh Centurions at the end of the 2022 campaign, has made 13 appearances and scored four tries, the last coming against St Helens in May.

Corey Johnson

Johnson joined Bradford Bulls on loan at the start of the season, speaking to his position within the Rhinos squad in the final year of his current deal. The 23-year-old has made four appearances since being recalled from Odsal, but whether he has done enough to earn a new deal remains to be seen.