Kirke unsure over his Leeds Rhinos departure

New Wakefield forward Ian Kirke insists he’s not sure why his time at Leeds Rhinos came to an end – but says there’s no hard feelings between himself and the club.

Kirke spent nine seasons at the Rhinos, playing a key role in one of the most successful periods in the club’s history. However, he revealed earlier this week that he’s in the dark over why the situation with the club changed – saying that he was told midway through 2014 that he would be staying with Leeds.

“I had a conversation in the middle of last season when I was definitely staying for this year but at the end of the year that changed,” Kirke said. “I’m not too sure why.

“I think it’s because they’re bringing on the younger players. They’ve got to look to the future. I’ve got no bitter feelings towards them, other than perhaps it wasn’t ideal timing for me because most clubs were settled by the time I got to find out.

“As it happens, Wakefield is good for me. I don’t have to uproot myself and I know a few of the guys here.”