SIX-TIME GRAND Final winner Ryan Bailey’s dual-registration stint at Hunslet Hawks is not a punishment, according to Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington
Bailey – who has made 295 senior appearances for Rhinos, including four this season – is set to play for partner club Hawks at home to London Skolars in Kingstone Press Championship One tomorrow. The 30-year-old prop scored a spectacular try in Rhinos’ home win over Widnes Vikings 15 days ago, but was dropped for last Friday’s clash with London Broncos and did not feature in the 19-man squad for last night’s trip to St Helens.
The decision to leave Bailey out of last week’s team came after he missed a training session in the build up to the London game, but Hetherington insisted: “It is not a disciplinary issue, being sent to Hunslet.
“He was not selected last week and we have got pretty much a fully-fit squad. We have been blessed so far, but we know that can change in an instant.
“If we have got everybody fit we need them to be playing and it is important Ryan gets some game time. Ryan is still part of the squad, he is back in full training and in contention to be selected. All our players are available to play for Hunslet if required – that is part and parcel of our arrangement.”
Chris Clarkson may play for Hawks after featuring against Saints after Mitch Achurch dropped out.
Hetherington said Rhinos are set to review Liam Sutcliffe’s loan spell at Bradford Bulls when his initial one-month term expires next week, but he won’t be allowed to play for the Odsal outfit in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup next weekend.
“The arrangement was he would go to Bradford for a month, but would be on our Cup register and it would be reviewed after that,” Hetherington said.
Luke Briscoe has returned to Leeds from loan at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and is set to link up with Hunslet. Jimmy Keinhorst remains on loan at Wakefield, but is not eligible to play for them in the Challenge Cup.