Leeds Rhinos centre Kallum Watkins has insisted that the team spirit at the club is “all good” – and has said there is no unrest whatsoever.
The Rhinos have endured a horrific season in 2016, and their spot in the bottom four would be confirmed this weekend with defeat to Widnes.
However, two wins in succession before a short break for the Challenge Cup have the Rhinos’ tails up, and Watkins told TotalRL that there are no internal issues at the club – and they feel like they are starting to see light emerge at the end of the tunnel.
“The camp is all good believe me,” he told TotalRL.
“There’s no unrest of any kind and there’s been no problems whatsoever, believe me. We’re all sticking together in some testing times and we feel like we could hopefully be getting out the end of that.
“We’ve never made excuses for our performances, we’ve worked hard and although there have been some harsh truths told at times, it will bring the best out of each other in the long run.”
Watkins insists that the Rhinos are not worrying too much about the Super 8s yet, instead concentrating on ensuring they go into either the top or middle eight in the best form possible.
He said: “We need to take the confidence we’ve built up over the last fortnight into this weekend’s game.
“Defensively we’ve had some huge issues this year and it’s all been down to what we’ve been doing, but we’ve changed things up and got tighter in defence and it’s been pleasing to see, because it was a large part of what we did well last year.
“It’s just one game at a time for us. Obviously it’s a big game but we’ve just not got to get carried away. We can get even better as a team and we’ll hopefully continue the roll we’re on this weekend and whatever happens after that, happens.”
And Watkins is excited by the prospect of new signing James Segeyaro getting out on the field for the Rhinos.
He said: “I’m excited to see James come into the group. He’s a great player and someone I’ve watched for a few years; he’s a lively act and he’ll give us something really different on the field. We’ll look after him and make sure he’s feeling good – it’ll be a big boost for us.”