LEEDS RHINOS chief executive Gary Hetherington insists the arrival of Brett Ferres does not mean other players will have to leave.
Hetherington had claimed last month Rhinos would not be pursuing Ferres, who has joined them from Huddersfield Giants for an undisclosed fee. But he said the move had come about “relatively quickly” and stressed Rhinos are “always in the market for good quality players”.
Said Hetherington: “It’s not every day you get an opportunity to bring in a quality player and current England international. We moved fairly quickly with things and managed to make it all work for all concerned. Huddersfield have dealt with the whole situation in an extremely professional way and we are grateful for the way they’ve dealt with the transaction. Brett is keen to join us, so it made everything very possible. While initially we had announced our 25-player squad for next season and we didn’t anticipate making any changes, this opportunity has cropped up. It’s one Brian [McDermott, Rhinos’ coach] in particular was keen to pursue and we as a club were as well.
“There is always an element of juggling with the salary cap and that is part of the skill. You have so many players and so much money. It’s about making that work.” Of the length of Ferres’ contract, Hetherington said: “It is initially one year, but the intention is Brett will be joining us for a fairly lengthy period.”