Leeds Rhinos: Hooker’s return-to-action rumour is scotched by McDermott

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LEEDS RHINOS boss Brian McDermott has ruled out any chance of injured hooker Paul Aiton playing in Saturday’s First Utility Super League Grand Final.

Aiton was told he would not play again season after suffering a broken arm in Rhinos’ Super-8s win over Warrington Wolves on August 7. Rumours have been circulating that Aiton could be rushed back to face Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford in four days’ time, but asked if the Papua New Guinea No 9, who will join Catalans Dragons next year, could feature, McDermott said: “No. It’s a good rumour that one, but no.”

Several Rhinos players picked up knocks in last Friday’s semi-final win over St Helens, with Kallum Watkins and Carl Ablett both wearing a protective boot after the game and Brett Delaney also hobbling off.

But McDermott insisted he has no major new injury worries.

Questioned on how his side pulled up after the semi-final, he said: “Good. We’re ready for it, there’s no real dramas.”

The RFL are confident Saturday’s game will be a full house.

Rhinos have already sold their ticket allocation and Wigan are close to doing the same.

Meanwhile, betting company SkyBet.com have closed their book on former Bradford Bulls and South Sydney superstar Sam Burgess quitting rugby union and signing for Rhinos.

Spokesman Jordan Fiddes said: “We received a number of requests on our Twitter account for Sam Burgess to sign for Leeds Rhinos shortly before and after England lost to Australia.

“We went up originally at 8/1, then went down to 6/1 after a series of bets came in.

“We’ve since taken the market down in case some people know something we don’t!”

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