Leeds Rhinos loan spell was 'great experience' but on-loan prop Yusuf Aydin returns to Wakefield Trinity

Prop Yusuf Aydin’s first appearance for Leeds Rhinos is also likely to be his last after he was recalled by Wakefield Trinity at the end of his two-week loan.

By Peter Smith
Friday, 22nd July 2022, 1:26 pm

Aydin was a substitute in Rhinos’ shock 42-12 win over Wigan on Thursday, but is now returning to his parent club.

The front-row crisis which forced Rhinos’ into the loan market has eased with Muizz Mustapha having featured against Wigan following a five-match ban and Matt Prior now available for next Saturday’s trip to Catalans Dragons.

Trinity hve brought in front-rower Josh Bowden from Hull, who will make his home debut in Sunday’s clash with Betfred Super League leaders St Helens.

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After just one game as a Rhino, Yusuf Aydin will be back at Trinity for the Super League run-in. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

But with Wakefield having dropped to the bottom of the table – and lost forward Jay Pitts to a season-ending injujry – it will be all hands on deck for the rest of ther campaign.

Trinity coach Willie Poching confirmed: “We will be calling Yusuf back.

“We need to replenish our stock of middles.

“I think it has been a great experience for him going over there and playing in that game [on Thursday] will have done him a world of good, but we need him here and back within our group.”

Trinity coach Willie Poching. Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com.

Poching admitted he was “a little bit” surprised Aydin was not selected for the first game of his brief loan spell, away to Toulouse.

“I am sure Rohan [Smith, Rhinos’ coach] had his reasons,” Poching added.

“Maybe he joined the group a little bit late or whatever it was.

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Lee Kershaw could make his first Trinity appearance of 2022 this weekend. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

“I am still to have a look at him from Thursday night in detail, but he played a pretty good hand in the game.

“He didn’t do anything that shone out, but it sounds like he did his job and did it well so hopefully he gets a lot of confidence from that and we can use that when he gets back here.”

Aydin, 21, is out of contract at the end of this season, but Poching stressed Trinity are keen to keep him.

He said: “We have given him an offer.

“It is in his and his manager’s hands now.”