Leeds Rhinos reject loan requests from rivals

Leeds Rhinos have turned down approaches from rival clubs to take players – including highly-rated young full-back Ben Jones-Bishop – away from Headingley Carnegie on loan.

Jones-Bishop, who spent last season at Harlequins, has been linked with Hull, but Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington denied the Black and Whites have made a bid.

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He said: "Hull haven't, but there have been approaches from quite a number of other clubs – and not just for Ben Jones-Bishop.

"He is under contract and he has come back to get into our first team. We have quite a bit of depth in our squad and our policy for first team, Super League-standard players is to be playing first team rugby, rather than under-20s.

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"But everybody in the squad is fighting for a place in the team at the start of the season. We will wait until the season starts and the team is picked, then take a view.

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"Other than Luke Ambler – who has gone to Harlequins for the season - we won't consider letting any of our players go on loan until the season starts."

Jones-Bishop is highly-rated by new Rhinos boss Brian McDermott, who coached him at Harlequins last year. His loan spell saw him score 11 tries in 18 appearances, despite suffering a fractured skull mid-way through the campaign.

The 22-year-old was called into England's Four Nations train-on squad, but withdrew after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Other loan targets are understood to include forward Jay Pitts, hooker Paul McShane and prop Kyle Amor.

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