Rising star hood eyes up a move

Liam Hood

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YOUNG HOOKER Liam Hood is looking for a move away from Leeds Rhinos, club chief executive Gary Hetherington has confirmed.

Hetherington has also stated Rhinos will continue their partnership with neighbours Hunslet Hawks, even if they are relegated from the Kingstone Press Championship.

Hood was rated as one of Rhinos’ brightest emerging prospects and signed a four-year contract in 2011, but has slipped down the pecking order this year.

Bradford-born Hood, 21, scored three tries in four senior appearances for Rhinos last term, but has not featured in 2013.

He has spent the season so far playing on dual-registration with Hunslet and is upset at not being given another chance with Leeds.

Hetherington denied the Scotland international has submitted a formal transfer request, but he said: “Liam has been somewhat frustrated with his limited opportunities in the first team.

“He played for the first team last year and did extremely well. I will be having further discussions with him about his own future.

“I think he is looking for an opportunity elsewhere and we would not stand in his way in that regard.

“He is clearly a talented player that perhaps needs to develop his career where there will be more opportunities.”

Hetherington said Hood will continue to play at Hunslet and train with Rhinos’ first team.

Hood is one of eight Rhinos first-team squad members who have turned out for Hunslet this season, the latest being another specialist hooker Paul McShane.

He was recalled for Rhinos at London two days ago – scoring a quick-fire brace of tries after coming off the bench – and Hetherington said linking up with Hawks does not mean a player is on the way out at Leeds.

“All our players are dual-registered,” he said. “Kevin Sinfield is, so is Jamie Peacock and Kallum Watkins.

“All our 25-man first-team squad are dual-registered with Hunslet. Whenever anybody is not selected for the first team then they are offered to Hunslet.

“It is entirely up to (Hunslet boss) Barry Eaton as to whether he wishes to use the player. That

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