Sutcliffe not happy – but not sulking – about omission

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has revealed that young half-back Liam Sutcliffe is “not happy” about being left out of the team at the moment – but says that the youngster isn’t sulking about it.

Sutcliffe was left out of Leeds’ 17 for the Challenge Cup tie against Huddersfield last week at the expense of captain Kevin Sinfield, who returned from the cold to produce a wonderful performance for the Rhinos as they thrashed the Giants.

And McDermott believes that Sutcliffe will get another chance in the coming weeks – even if he isn’t too overwhelmed about being left out at the moment.

“Sutty has played really well for us this year but he’s still in the early stages of his career,” McDermott said. “He is hopefully going to take over from the most successful half-back trio/pairing Super League has ever seen.

“He’s keeping it real at the moment. He’s not in the team and he’s not happy but at the same time he’s not sulking about it because he knows he’s going to get another chance soon enough.”