Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR: Soon-to-depart fans’ favourite Konrad Hurrell hopes to sign off at Emerald Headingley
FANS’ FAVOURITE Konrad Hurrell could make a surprise farewell appearance at Emerald Headingley tomorrow night (Friday).
Hurrell’s season seemed to be over when he suffered a foot injury in a win at Leigh Centurions on August 13, but he has been named in Leeds Rhinos’ initial 21-man squad for the visit of Hull KR.
It is Rhinos’ final home game of the campaign and Hurrell will leave the club when his contract ends in November.
Coach Richard Agar said: “We wouldn’t have included him in the 21 if we didn’t think he had a good chance of playing.
“He’s all good to go.”
Hurrell, 30, is expected to join St Helens in 2022.
Agar added: “He has been a very popular player with our fans and internally.
“We’ll be sad to see him go. We did want to keep him.
“His reasons are his reasons. I can understand some of them, but nonetheless he’ll leave with our very best wishes and he has made so many friends and been such a popular player I think everyone will remember his time and he’s been a Challenge Cup winner as well.
“We’re hoping this is not his last hurrah.”
Also set to return are stand-off Rob Lui, who missed last week’s defeat by St Helens with concussion, and forward James Donaldson after illness.
Lui could partner Kruise Leeming, who will make his 150th Super League appearance, in the halves.
Second-rower Morgan Gannon - rested a week ago - retains his place in the initial 21.
Mikolaj Oledzki (toe) and Alex Mellor (knee) remain on the sidelines but, - if Rhinos qualify, could return for the opening round of the play-offs, along with fellow forward Zane Tetevano, who completes a three-match ban tomorrow.
Others still on Rhinos’ casualty list are Jack Walker (foot), Luke Gale (knee), Liam Sutcliffe (knee), King Vuniyayawa (foot) and Callum McLelland (knee).
The Robins are without former Rhinos winger Ryan Hall who suffered an arm injury in last week’s win over Castleford Tigers.
Centre Greg Minikin also drops out after suffering anterior cruciate knee ligament damage five days ago.
But prop Korbin Sims is available after injury and on-loan Leeds Rhinos forward Muizz Mustapha is in contention for a call into the 17, along with Tom Whur, Joe Keyes, Rowan Milnes and Will Tate.
Leeds Rhinos: from T Briscoe, Newman, Hurrell, Handley, Lui, Leeming, Prior, Martin, Dwyer, Myler, Smith, Holroyd, Thompson, A Sutcliffe, Walters, L Briscoe, Donaldson, O’Connor, Broadbent, Gannon, Johnson.
Hull KR: from Crooks, Kenny-Dowall, Abdull, Vete, Parcell, Sims, Takairangi, Linnett, Litten, King, Storton, Dagger, Lewis, Keyes, Milnes, Maher, Johnson, Mustapha, Tate, Whur, Keinhorst.
Referee: Chris Kendall (Huddersfield).
Kick-off: Friday, 7.45pm.
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