It has been revealed that Leeds Rhinos’ Carl Ablett has been in talks over a possible move to Hull KR, League Express is reporting. A move would see the 32 year old reacquaint himself with a club of former Leeds players, including Danny McGuire and Jamie Peacock.
The out of contract second rower has spoken recently about how he isn’t overly stressed about his deal expiring but the fact he has had communication with Rovers representatives perhaps indicates that his long association with the Rhinos is coming to an end.
It is understood that, at the moment, the deal is some way from being confirmed such is the difference in valuation of Ablett between the club and the player himself. The Rhinos, however, may well be keen to put an offer in front of the man who has made over 300 appearances for the 2017 Super League champions.
With Brett Delaney and Jamie Jones-Buchanan almost certainly coming to the end of their playing careers while Brett Ferres and Adam Cuthbertson’s future is uncertain, Leeds’ coach Brian McDermott will most probably be keen to retain Ablett, a man who adds a certain amount of ‘mongrel’ to their play.
Rhinos fans are also keen for some good news with the club currently in the midst of a poor run of form. The injury crisis that has struck their forward pack has coincided with three consecutive losses, the most recent being Saturday night’s 33-20 defeat at Catalans.