RHINOS ALLOW THACKRAY TO FIND FRESH CHALLENGE

Leeds Rhinos have announced that they will listen to offers for Great Britain prop Jamie Thackray.

Leeds Rhinos have announced that they will listen to offers for Great Britain prop Jamie Thackray. The 28-year-old prop, who missed out on selection for last October’s Grand Final, has featured in all three of the Rhinos pre-season games so far this season however following discussions with new Head Coach Brian McClennan, the Rhinos have agreed to his request to join a new club. The Rhinos will play Oldham this Sunday at Headingley Carnegie in a Testimonial game for skipper Kevin Sinfield and McClennan has named the team that won the title at Old Trafford as his first choice team. Commenting on the announcement Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, "We have a very competitive squad here at the Rhinos, the strength of which was demonstrated last year when we won the Grand Final. Since then Nick Scruton has returned from injury and Luke Burgess has been very impressive in pre-season. "Brian and Jamie have had a very honest discussion and Brian can not guarantee Jamie’s desire for regular first team rugby. Therefore, we have agreed to his wish to talk to other clubs. Jamie will remain a part of the Rhinos first team squad in the meantime," added Hetherington. Thackray joined the Rhinos at the end of the 2006 season from Hull FC. He missed just five games last season for Leeds including the three play off games.