Sutcliffe makes transfer request

Liam Sutcliffe’s future with Leeds Rhinos appears to be further in doubt after he handed in a transfer request.

League Express has learned the Rhinos utility has informed the club of his desire to explore other options.

Sutcliffe, 25, believes he is need of a new challenge and a move away will help him reinvigorate his career.

Despite closing in on 200 appearances for the club, Sutcliffe has never been able to nail down one position, being utilised in several different roles since his first-team debut in 2012.

That is thought to have been a key decision in his desire to leave, with the England international keen to nail down one position, with his preference thought to be the number six role.

Despite wanting to leave, his relationship with the club remains amicable and should Sutcliffe decide to stay at the club, the Rhinos would welcome him back to continue in his current role in the squad. At the same time, they won’t stand in his way if a move materialises.

Castleford Tigers have been linked with Sutcliffe, but they aren’t thought to be the only interested club considering a move. That said, the current climate, particularly with clubs discussing pay cuts with players, means recruitment is currently slow across the competition.

Should Sutcliffe depart, it would add to the list of players leaving the club at the end of the season, with Richie Myler and Stevie Ward expected to join Toronto.

Incomings are set to be minimal, though Jai Field, who is currently with the NRL’s Parramatta Eels, has once again been linked with a move to the club.