Leeds Rhinos v St Helens: Golding makes way as Walker earns a recall

Jack Walker. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Jack Walker. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

TEENAGE FULL-BACK Jack Walker has been recalled to Leeds Rhinos’ 19-man squad for tonight’s visit of St Helens.

The 18-year-old has scored five tries in seven senior games this season and is set to make his first appearance since signing a three-year full-time contract earlier this month.

Ashton Golding

Ashton Golding

He has been drafted into the initial squad in place of Ashton Golding, who has been dropped.

Walker could start at full-back, but another option is to shift Liam Sutcliffe to the last line of defence with Jimmy Keinhorst - an unused substitute last week – starting in the centres.

Prop Mitch Garbutt, who has missed the last two games due to a calf problem, is also included and half-back Jordan Lilley is in contention for a recall to the 17.

Tonight will be Ryan Hall’s 300th game for Leeds.

The England winger made his debut in the notorious 42-38 win over Bradford Bulls at the inaugural Magic Weekend in 2007.

Brett Ferres (knee) and Keith Galloway (Achilles) remain on Leeds’ casualty list.

Saints coach Justin Holbrook has named an unchanged 19-man squad and will select from the team which lost 8-6 to Hull last week, plus Jake Spedding and Matty Lees.

Half-back Matty Smith could start for the first time since suffering a serious facial injury in Saints’ loss at Leeds two months ago.

It will be Leeds’ fourth successive league match refereed by Ben Thaler.

Leeds Rhinos: from Briscoe, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Parcell, Cuthbertson, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Ward, L Sutcliffe, Delaney, Singleton, Garbutt, Keinhorst, Mullally, Lilley, Walker.

St Helens: from Lomax, Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Fages, Smith, Walmsley, Roby, Amor, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Thompson, Peyroux, Knowles, Richardson, Spedding, Grace, Lees, Taia.

Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield).

Kick-off: Tonight, 8pm.

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