Leeds Rhinos winger Ryan Hall looks set to celebrate his new five year deal with the club by returning to the side for Friday night’s home clash against London.
The 26 year-old England international, who agreed new terms with the Rhinos earlier this week, was rested for last weekend’s 38-4 victory over Widnes and watched on as his replacement, Ben Jones-Bishop, touched down for two tries.
And with just two tries in his four appearances this season, Hall, who has played 197 times for the Rhinos, is eager to get back on the score sheet as well as the pitch.
“I have not had too many rests in the last three years sop it was quite weird watching on last weekend,” Hall said.
“Although we are competing for I was really pleased to see Ben go so well against Widnes because he has been training really well.
“We know someone will be left on the sidelines each week but as long as the team keep winning that is the main thing.
“But it will also be nice to be back playing. It’ll be the first game since announcing my new deal and it will keep the games clocking up towards my 200th for the club.
“In terms of tries it has not been my best year again but it’s a long season and I’m sure it plenty will come but as long as I am contributing and other are getting in scoring tries in the meantime then it’s alright.”
London travel up to Headingley Carnegie without a win this season but Hall knows the Rhinos still need to treat them with respect.
“London have been struggling, there is no point hiding away from that,” he added.
“But you can never underestimate a side because that’s when things can the go wrong for you.
“There are also three of our young lads there, Thomas Minns, Alex Foster and James Duckworth and it would be nice to see them come up here and give a good account of themselves.”
* Read more from Ryan Hall in Monday’s League Express.