Leeds Rhinos: Mixed feelings for Delaney after trouble-free return to action

Brett Delaney.
Brett Delaney.
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AUSSIE FORWARD Brett Delaney is delighted to be back in business, but disappointed he couldn’t return in a winning team.

Delaney made his first appearance of the season for Leeds Rhinos in last Friday’s 18-6 loss at Warrington Wolves.

“Obviously it is good to be back playing with the boys, after being out for six months,” said Delaney, who underwent knee surgery in the off-season ad then damaged an ankle in training.

“It’s pleasing to be back out there, but it wasn’t the result we wanted. The boys have been playing well so it was a disappointing result, but it is good to be back, finally.”

Delaney felt the effort Rhinos put in was the major positive from their first defeat of the season.

“We were trying hard, but it just didn’t come off,” he said. “We never stopped trying, which is always pleasing. They are a great bunch of lads and we always dig in, so we will move on to Wigan this week.

“They are a good side, but we are back home and we want to get back on the horse.”

Delaney admitted his long lay-off was frustrating. He said: “I’ve had a few ops on the same knee. I have had to get that right, because I’ve had a couple of set-backs in pre-season with it. It has been a while, but I had a run-out at Hunslet, which I am grateful for. They are a great bunch of lads and I played half a game there. I was a bit rusty on Friday and I think it will take a month to get me ticking, but I felt all right actually. I am just going to take it step by step.”

One positive for Rhinos from last week’s defeat was the full debut of 18-year-old full-back Ashton Golding. Delaney said: “He is a great player. He’s only a kid, he’s still at school, but he’s got a good head on his shoulders.

“He is a smart kid and he has got no fear. It is great to see and he is only going to get better. He’s not even training full-time with us, but he came in and did a great job and that’s pleasing.”

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