Competition is what we wanted, says Hetherington

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington is refusing to panic about his club’s disappointing start to the new season.

The Rhinos have suffered a major injury crisis recently, and it is showing no signs of abating before this Friday’s home clash against Huddersfield Giants.

“We have quite a number of players who are close to getting back to fitness, including Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Beau Falloon, but that won’t be for another two weeks,” he said.

“They may be fit for our visit to Wigan, but not for our game against Huddersfield.

“On the other hand, the good news is that I don’t think we picked up any more injuries against the Dragons.”

Hetherington is still a great supporter of the current league structure, and the general levelling of standards in Super League, despite the Rhinos’ current struggles.

“The unpredictability and uncertainty of the outcome of this year’s Super League competition is exactly what we have been wanting to see for a long time,” he added.

“When you have a level salary cap you begin to see a level competition, and that surely has to be good for everyone.

“Obviously, we don’t want to be at the bottom of the league, but I’ll be far more worried if we are at the bottom after 23 rounds than after three rounds.”