In the run-up to the new Betfred Super League campaign, ex-Leeds Rhinos forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan is keen to instil a sense of collective desire in his club’s younger generation (Leeds 8/1 – Grand Final Winner).

The seven-time Grand Final winner, now part of head coach Richard Agar’s coaching set-up at Headingley, is looking to impart the wisdom he garnered over a 20-year career, with the club’s up-and-coming stars his chosen audience.

“The lads worked so hard for each other without any sense of entitlement”, says Jones-Buchanan of his trophy-winning days in West Yorkshire.

“We have all benefited from that and that’s the key, underpinning message that I’m trying to articulate to our next generation of players – the likes of Cameron Smith, Mikolaj Oledzki, Ash Handley and Harry Newman.

“For me it’s the underlying reason why my generation has been successful.”

The Rhinos are now four years without a title – their longest spell since their first triumph of the Super League era in 2004 – but reached the last four of the play-offs in 2021 with a youth-infused playing squad, where they were beaten by eventual champions St Helens.

And the arrivals of Aidan Sezer, Blake Austin, James Bentley and David Fusitu’a give Jones-Buchanan a positive outlook on his side’s chances in the new season (Leeds 2/5 – Top 6 Finish)

“I think we’ve got a really good opportunity. We’ve recruited well and that’s down to Rich (Agar) and Longy (assistant coach Sean Long) pulling in the ingredients that we need to make Leeds Rhinos as good as it can be in 2022.”

Super League XXVII gets under way on February 10th, with St Helens and Catalans Dragons meeting in a re-run of last term’s Grand Final (St Helens 4/11, tie 20/1, Catalans 23/10 – Match Betting)

The regular season is set to run for 27 rounds, with the end-of-season play-offs culminating in the Grand Final at Old Trafford on September 24th.

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