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Richie Myler on the challenges ahead with Leeds

Posted 24th November 2017 at 19:09 By Ben Carney

Video exclusives | Updated: 24th November 2017 at 19:14

Leeds new signing Richie Myler says he jumped at the chance to join the Super League champions and is eager to make his mark at the club next season.

The 27-year-old, who has signed a three-year deal with the Rhinos, recently started pre-season training and is tasked with filling the shoes of club stalwart Danny McGuire.

After a trophy-laden 17 years at Headingley, McGuire has joined Hull KR for next season and his replacement Myler is under no illusions of the challenge ahead of him.

“Across the board, whenever you come to a big club there is always a big expectation there, but I’m coming to a club that is full of great players which makes the job a lot easier,” said Myler.

“There are already a lot of leaders in this team and a lot of players that can make the team tick, so my role is to fit into the team, work hard and add my stamp on it too.”

Myler has a very colourful past and was subject of a £200,000 transfer fee when he moved from Salford to Warrington in 2009 – making him the most expensive teenage signing in Rugby League history.

His time at the Halliwell Jones Stadium had its highs and lows, with head coach Tony Smith leaving him out of the 2010 Challenge Cup final squad that beat Leeds at Wembley.

However, two years later Smith included Myler and he played a major part in helping the Wolves again beat Leeds at Wembley to lift the trophy in 2012.

Having spent the last two years in Perpignan with a struggling Catalans side, Myler is excited by his new venture with the Rhinos and representing one of Rugby League’s biggest clubs.

“It’s a season I’m really looking forward to,” he said. “I have been at big clubs before and the opportunity to come to Leeds was obviously a big draw and one I was very interested in happening.

“There were a few other offers and I could have obviously stayed in France at one point, but once I spoke to Brian McDermott and Gary Hetherington I was sold in the club and chomping at the bit to get here.

“I’m really excited about it, you don’t get many opportunities in your career to be at a top club like this and it’s all just about producing on the field now.”

While his Catalans team required a Million Pound Game victory against Leigh to avoid relegation last season, Myler’s new club Leeds were storming to an eighth Super League title.

It was an incredible turnaround by the Rhinos last season, having finished ninth the previous season, with many putting it down to Joel Moon’s switch from the centres to stand-off.

Having been given the number six shirt for next season, Moon is expected to partner Myler in the halves and the Rhinos’ new signing was full of praise for him and the club’s other half-back options.

“When he moved into the halves from the centres last year he absolutely made the position his own and he’s a superb talent when he is running with the ball,” said Myler.

“But across the board there is also Jordan Lilley and Liam Sutcliffe who can play in the halves, it’s a very talented squad with a lot of interesting aspects.

“To be successful it’s about everybody in the squad coming in and making a positive impact when needed and I think that’s what we will have.”


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