Leeds Rhinos: Keinhorst desperate to make big impact in 2015

Jimmy Keinhorst.
Jimmy Keinhorst.
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HISTORY-MAKER Jimmy Keinhorst has pledged to put 12 months of frustration behind him.

Hamstring problems limited Keinhorst – the first German international to play in Super League – to just seven games on loan at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats this year and one with Leeds.

Despite that, the highly-rated centre has been promoted into Rhinos’ top-20 squad for 2015 and insisted he is determined to make a mark.

“Last season was frustrating,” conceded Keinhorst, who has been named in Rhinos’ starting 13 for the Boxing Day Tetley’s Challenge against Wakefield.

“I didn’t get as many games as I wanted to. I was in and out, but I got a few games towards the back end of the season, which was good.

“I got a decent run and I thought I went okay in those games with Wakefield, so I am just hoping to build on that.

“There isn’t a lot to build on, but hopefully I can keep fit to the start of the season and then really build some momentum.

“I want to be part of the squad as much as I can this year.”

Rhinos have a formidable backline, but Ben Jones-Bishop’s departure to Salford Red Devils means Keinhorst is the most experienced of the players waiting in the wings.

“There’s people in there ahead of me at the moment,” he said.

“That’s how it is, but with rotation and with the squad being relatively small I think there will definitely be opportunities for me.

“Hopefully I can take those opportunities when they come.”

At 24 Keinhorst is aware he has reached the stage of his career where he needs to be playing most weeks.

“That’s what I am hoping to do now,” he added.

“I want to try and get as many games as I can and play as consistently as I can.”

Keinhorst is confident he is clear of the injury woes which left him on the sidelines for much of this year.

“The injury cropped up before the season started and it was an on-going thing,” he said of his hamstring problem.

“It was proving hard to shake off and it kept on going and recurring. Hopefully this time I can stay injury-free for as long as I can and build on some solid performances.

“That’s all I can hope to do.”

Keinhorst has been in since Rhinos began training at the start of last month and he said: “It has been good.

“It has been tough, but I think all the lads – certainly myself – feel better for it.

“I am looking forward to getting out on the field when the time comes and putting all that into practice.

“It would be good to play on Boxing Day. You’re in for a few weeks before you get an opportunity to play games so it’s a bit of a refresher and chance to shake the cobwebs off and build something for when the season starts.”

Super League top-eight hopefuls Huddersfield Giants, meanwhile, have revealed that their 2015 dual registration partnership will be with west-Pennines outfit Oldham RLFC, having previously enjoyed a similar working relationship with West Yorkshire-based neighbours Batley Bulldogs.