Flood damage will cost Rhinos £1 million

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has revealed that the damage caused by the horrendous flooding over Christmas will cost the club around one million pounds.

The club’s Kirkstall training base was heavily damaged in the floods. with their pitches and gym equipment ruined.

At present, the club is training at various facilities, including those of local amateur club Stanningley.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Hetherington revealed the extent of the damage on the club’s finances.

“It’s looking at around one million in total,” he said.

“All the pitches are contaminated so they need to be effectively dug up and reseeded. The 3G all-weather pitch needs to be replaced in terms of the surface and of course all the buildings need to be replaced. The changing rooms need to be plastered and some floors need to come up.”

In more bad news, Hetherington also confirmed it will be around six months until they can return to their base.

“We’re looking at May ideally,” he said.

“In the meantime it causes massive disruption but we have to get on with it and make the best of it really.”