Hall set to leave Rhinos in 2019

Leeds Rhinos Ryan Hall is tackled during the Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos.

England international Ryan Hall will leave Leeds Rhinos at the end of the 2018 season.
The 30-year-old has been with the Rhinos since making his debut in 2007 and is the club’s fifth highest try scorer of all time with 231 tries in 327 appearances for the club so far. He is a six time Grand Final winner, scoring tries in the 2008, 2011 and 2012 Old Trafford finals. He won the Lance Todd Trophy in 2014 with a two-try man of the match performance to bring the Challenge Cup trophy back to Emerald Headingley for the first time in 15 years and scored two tries including a sensational long range interception to win the 2012 World Club Challenge against Manly Sea Eagles. However, he will be best remembered for his last gasp try against Huddersfield to seal the 2015 League Leaders Shield that kept the dream of the Treble alive.
On the international stage, Hall has become a superstar of the code, crossing for his 35th try for England in the recent win over New Zealand in Denver on the occasion of his 38th cap. He is out of contract with the Rhinos at the end of the current campaign.
Commenting on the announcement Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said, “Naturally we are disappointed to lose a player of the quality of Ryan Hall. The club were keen to keep him here and we made him an offer that reflected his standing in the game. I know that Ryan will be doing everything between now and the end of the season to make sure his time at the club ends on the best possible note. He will remain a close friend of the Rhinos; as a Leeds lad, playing for his club and winning with the Rhinos means so much to him and I am sure we will remain in regular contact with him.
“The departure of any senior player is a chance for someone else to come into our group, just as it was Ryan when he first broke through over a decade ago, and we will be looking to strengthen the whole group for 2019 and beyond with this opportunity,” added Sinfield.
Ryan Hall, who joined the Rhinos as a junior in 2006 from local side Oulton Raiders, added, “I have had twelve amazing seasons as a Leeds Rhinos player and I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together. For me personally, I feel that this is the right time for a new challenge after such a long period at the club and my decision in no way reflects on the Rhinos.
“Words cannot really do justice to how much representing my home town club and enjoying so much success has meant to me. My focus now is on the remainder of this season and putting the Rhinos in the best possible position for next season and beyond. I have had the privilege of working with brilliant coaches and players in my time at the club and I have total faith that under Kevin Sinfield and James Lowes the club will continue to go in the right direction for the future,” added Hall.