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Rhinos stand-off Sutcliffe out for rest of season

Leeds Rhinos stand-off Liam Sutcliffe has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2015 season and will undergo knee surgery next Thursday.

Credit: Press Association

The 20-year-old has only missed four games so far this season but suffered a ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his knee in last Sunday’s win over Hull FC that took the Rhinos back top of the First Utility Super League.

It is desperately disappointing news for Liam especially given the form he has been in this season. He will get the best possible treatment from our medical team and I am sure he will return next season stronger for the experience.

– Head Coach Brian McDermott

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Tansey swaps Tigers for Wildcats

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have secured the signing of utility-back Jordan Tansey.

Tansey has signed an 18-month contract from local side Castleford Tigers Credit: Press Association

Tansey has signed an 18-month contract from local side Castleford Tigers which will see him at the club until the end of 2016 season.

The 28-year-old started his career at Leeds Rhinos before moving to Australian NRL side Sydney Roosters in 2009. Tansey made a return to the Super League soon after joining up with Hull FC.

He will link up with Brian Smith’s squad alongside new signings Michael Sio and Kevin Locke who have both penned a deal this week. All three will be in contention of being named in the 19-man squad to face Hull FC on Wednesday.

I am delighted to welcome Jordan Tansey to the club. Jordan will provide a genuine competition across all of our back players. I would also like to thank Castleford Tigers and Steve Gill for their corporation in making this move possible. Relations between the two rival clubs off the field have never been better.

– Chairman Michael Carter

Hull KR coach calls on club legend to help inspire Challenge Cup success

Hull Kingston Rovers head coach Chris Chester has called on a club legend from the past to help inspire his team ahead of their Challenge Cup quarter final against Catalans tonight.

Earlier this week Chester invited former player Mike Smith to talk to his players about the 1980 Challenge Cup final, in which Rovers beat their bitter rivals Hull FC at Wembley. Chris Dawkes has the story

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats sign Kevin Locke

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have secured the signing of full-back Kevin Locke until the end of the season. The New Zealander has joined the club as a free agent, pending a visa confirmation.

Kevin Locke Credit: Wakefield Wildcats

Locke who was born in Auckland started his playing career at New Zealand Warriors in 2009, finishing his first season at the club as top points scorer. After five years at the Warriors, Locke signed a three-year deal with Super League side Salford Red Devils in 2014.

I am delighted to welcome Kevin Locke to the club. Kevin showed a great desire to come and play his rugby here and get a smile back on his face. We think we can help him achieve that which will be good for him and us. I can’t wait to see him pull on the red, white and blue jersey.

– Wildcats Chairman Michael Carter

Locke will be in contention for next Wednesday’s fixture against Hull FC at Belle Vue. Tickets are still on sale for the game.

Call for 1980 Hull's heroes to harness winning mentality

The head coach of Hull Kingston Rovers, Chris Chester, has called on heroes from the clubs Challenge Cup success in 1980 to help harness a winning mentality ahead of their quarter final against Catalans tonight.

It is 35 years since Hull KR defeated bitter rivals Hull FC in the final at Wembley in front of over 95,000 fans. Yorkshire TV's cameras were there you can see the full documentary here. If you spot yourself ..... we would love to hear from you.

Rhinos sign Brisbane Broncos prop Mitch Garbutt

Leeds Rhinos have signed Brisbane Broncos prop Mitch Garbutt, 26, on a two and half year contract.

Mitch Garbutt Credit: www.broncos.com.au

The former Melbourne Storm front rower will arrive in Leeds this Saturday and begin training with his new team mates on Monday ahead of the Rhinos top of the table clash with St Helens next Friday, 3rd July at Headingley Carnegie.

I was very excited when the opportunity came up to sign with such a great club as Leeds. The Rhinos are such a successful side with a mix of youth and experience and this is a great opportunity to kick on with my own career as part of that group. I have watched the team on television over here and the side are always competitive and, more often than not, come away with the win which is an exciting thing I want to be part of.

– Mitch Garbutt

We are delighted to welcome Mitch to the club. I have spoken to a number of people in Australia who rate him and the job he can do for a team. He is someone I have been looking at for some time and I think his style of play will fit well within our team and the Super League competition.

– Brian McDermott, Leeds Rhinos Head Coach
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