Ferres interest chalked off by Hetherington

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has ruled out a move from the Super League champions for England forward Brett Ferres.

Ferres has been transfer-listed by current club Huddersfield and is available for transfer, with a number of Super League clubs believed to be interested in the England international.

But Leeds are not one of those sides, after Hetherington told the Yorkshire Evening Post that they’ve no desire to get him in – adding that it will be difficult for someone to get Ferres in under their salary carp so late in pre-season.

“We aren’t pursuing Brett Ferres,” he insisted.

“If he had been transfer-listed three months ago I think there would have been quite a keen competition to secure him, both here and overseas. But at this stage for any team to fit him into their squad will be difficult, unless they have created space. That is something we have done in the past, but not this year.

“It will be hard for anybody to fit him in without doing what South Sydney have with Sam Burgess, which is pay to sign him and also pay for two of their best players to go to create room for him.”