Joel Moon insists Leeds Rhinos’ playing future still not decided

Joel Moon.
Joel Moon.
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CENTRE/STAND-OFF Joel Moon insists his playing future remains up in the air.

The Australian’s Leeds Rhinos contract expires at the end of this season and he has not yet signed a new deal.

Leeds Rhinos director of rugby Kevin Sinfield.

Leeds Rhinos director of rugby Kevin Sinfield.

Several clubs in Australia’s NRL are understood to be interested in the ex-New Zealand Warriors and Brisbane Broncos back who joined Rhinos from Salford at the end of 2012.

The League Weekly newspaper reported Moon’s agent Chris Fellas as saying he will leave Rhinos at the end of the season, but the player himself told The Yorkshire Evening Post: “Nothing has been decided yet.”

Moon joined Rhinos as a centre, but made a long-term switch to stand-off last season. He was moved back to the three-quarters for the 42-10 defeat at Castleford Tigers two days ago which was Kevin Sinfield’s first game as Leeds’ director of rugby.

Rhinos are ninth in Betfred Super League, two points outside the top-eight with only three rounds remaining in the regular season and Moon admitted: “Obviously we’ve got to fix it up this week. We don’t have much more time to fix it up, but something has got to change. We came out [on Sunday] and did a few good things, but then the same old things were happening. We’ll have to look at the video and make some changes.”

Leeds Rhinos coach James Lowes.

Leeds Rhinos coach James Lowes.

Rhinos led 6-0 and 10-4 and were only 16-10 behind at half-time, but Moon reflected: “We did way too much defence.

“We didn’t put them under pressure, we tackled too much and they got a roll on. They are too big and close to our line it was too hard for us to defend.

“We have got to change that, change what we were are doing. Something’s going wrong, but it has been going on for a while so something has got to happen.”

Of his move to the centres, Moon said: “Obviously he [Sinfield] wanted to go with a bit of structure. I was cool with that.”

Rhinos have just four full days to prepare for Friday’s must-win derby at home to Wakefield Trinity, but Moon insisted: “All the boys are positive.

“We have got the ingredients and we will change it. One day we will click and we’ll be on fire. Every game now is massive for us, but we’ve just got to get back to the drawing board at training and go forward from there.

“That’s what we get paid for and we have got to start winning.”

Moon played alongside Sinfield for three seasons at Leeds and welcomed his return to the club.

He said: “He had got morale going both Kev and Jimmy [Lowes, Rhinos’ new first team coach] have been really good.

“They’ve made sure we know our roles. We probably needed a bit of a freshen up and we’re working hard at training to change a few things.”