Leeds Rhinos half-back Liam Sutcliffe says he will still do all he can to help the club, despite handing in a transfer request (Leeds 8/1 Grand Final Winners).
The 25-year-old has shocked the club’s fanbase after confirming he has asked to leave. Sutcliffe remains under contract until the end of the 2021 campaign, but he has expressed his desire to move on.
The Super League and Challenge Cup winner is still working on returning to full fitness after a recent injury, and he says he will still play on, even though he wants a new challenge.
He told Rhinos TV: “I’ve got to a stage in my career where I need something new and a different challenge.
“I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but until something comes up, I’m fully committed to the cause and the Rhinos.
“They (Sutcliffe’s Leeds team-mates) have been great; they understand as mates that it’s the right thing for me to do, and everyone is totally behind me.”
Sutcliffe has made 171 appearances for the Rhinos since making his debut in 2013. So far, he has scored 726 points, and he may still get the opportunity to add to that before moving on to pastures new.
Ahead of the Betfred Super League restart, Leeds sit third in the table, despite playing two games less than the likes of Wigan Warriors, Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves.
The Rhinos will return to action on Sunday, August 2 where they will face off against Huddersfield Giants at Emerald Headingley (Huddersfield 10/11, Draw 20/1, Leeds 10/11 – Match Betting).