POCKET ROCKET Rob Burrow is “in contention” for a Leeds Rhinos recall this week, according to coach Brian McDermott.
Burrow, whose wife Lindsey gave birth to their second daughter Maya yesterday, played as a substitute in Rhinos’ opening game of the First Utility Super League season, but had not been selected for the two games since.
McDermott, who has chosen Liam Sutcliffe as his substitute back for the past two matches, will name an initial squad for Thursday’s trip to Hull this afternoon.
And he insisted: “He is in contention, he is in the 19-man squad. He is not far away, Rob and there’s a chance he might play this week. We will have a look at that towards the end of the week.” Burrow needs only 15 points to reach 1,000 for Leeds. He has scored 169 tries, 152 goals and five drop goals in 411 games for Rhinos since his debut in 2001.
McDermott said Rhinos picked up “one or two bumps and bruises, but nothing long-term” in last Thursday’s win over Huddersfield Giants.
And he said Brett Delaney – who has not played since the end of last season, but is now fit after knee and ankle injuries – may not need a warm-up match.
McDermott has been considering offering Delaney to Hunslet Hawks on dual-registration, but said: “We will have a look towards the back end of this week and see where he’s at. The idea is that he either comes straight in with us, maybe off the bench, or he gets a game with Hunslet.”