Leeds confirm squad numbers

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Leeds Rhinos have named their squad numbers for the 2021 season with rising stars Mikolaj Oledzki, Cameron Smith and Tom Holroyd the big movers. 

Oledzki enjoyed an outstanding season, and has been rewarded with the number eight shirt, replacing Ava Seumanufagai. Cameron Smith moves up from 22 to 17 whilst prop Tom Holroyd is elevated from 28 to 18. 

New signing Zane Tetevano will wear the number 13 shirt previously worn by Stevie Ward whilst Bodene Thompson and James Donaldson retain the 20 and 25 shirts they wore respectively last season. 

Young player of the year Alex Sutcliffe moves from 26 to 21 whist Sam Walters moves up from 27 to 22. 

Teenagers Liam Tindall, Corey Hall, Levi Edwards and Morgan Gannon complete the squad with the final four squad numbers for the first team squad.

The Rhinos have kept the number 19 shirt vacant at present as the club look to continue to strengthen the squad in the coming weeks. 

Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said: “We wanted the players to be the first to learn the new squad numbers when they arrived in for pre-season.

“I am pleased for all those who have been elevated as they have earned that move for their hard work and dedication over the last year. The entire squad knows the hard work starts now as we look to improve from 2020. 

“As in previous years, we have left one squad number vacant in our top 25 players. We are looking at a number of options but will only bring someone in who strengthens our group.”

Leeds Rhinos Squad: 1. Jack Walker, 2. Tom Briscoe, 3. Harry Newman, 4. Konrad Hurrell, 5. Ash Handley, 6. Rob Lui, 7. Luke Gale, 8. Mikolaj Oledzki, 9. Kruise Leeming, 10. Matt Prior, 11. Alex Mellor, 12. Rhyse Martin, 13. Zane Tetevano, 14. Brad Dwyer, 15. Liam Sutcliffe, 16. Richie Myler, 17. Cameron Smith, 18. Tom Holroyd, 19. (Vacant), 20. Bodene Thompson, 21. Alex Sutcliffe, 22. Sam Walters, 23. Callum McLelland, 24. Luke Briscoe, 25. James Donaldson, 26. Jarrod O’Connor, 27. Jack Broadbent, 28. Corey Hall, 29. Liam Tindall, 30. Levi Edwards, 31. Morgan Gannon.

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