Loan signings not on Leeds’ radar, says Hetherington

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has stressed that the club are unlikely to dip into the loan market as he feels their injury crisis is starting to ease.

The Rhinos have been without several key stars at the beginning of a difficult few weeks to open the new season, with the likes of Tom Briscoe, Carl Ablett and Danny McGuire all missing significant periods of action.

Joel Moon has also recently been ruled out due to injury, and Hetherington revealed that if Ash Handley had failed to be fit in time for their game at Wigan last week, they would have been without a recognised winger to fill that void.

As it is, Handley was able to play, and with Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Beau Falloon also featuring last week, the Rhinos chief executive says that their injury problems are easing – and loan signings are not on their radar.

“If he hadn’t been available we literally didn’t have another winger,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“He made a pretty speedy recovery. It was touch and go right up until the day of the [last week’s] game, but he made it and that took away the desperation.

“We have not signed anybody on loan and we are not really looking at that. The urgency has been taken away and we are hoping to have a few more back soon.”