Leeds Rhinos: Keinhorst plays the waiting game

Jimmy Keinhorst
Jimmy Keinhorst
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HISTORY-MAKING centre Jimmy Keinhorst is playing a waiting game over his Leeds Rhinos future.

Keinhorst – the first German international to feature in Super League – is under contract to Leeds for 2015, but said no decision has yet been made on whether he will be sent out on another long-term loan.

The 24-year-old had been due to spend the whole of this season at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, but was recalled last week after Joel Moon picked up a two-game ban.

Keinhorst was included in the side which lost 21-6 at Wigan Warriors on Friday, partnering Ryan Hall on the left-flank for his first Leeds game in 13 months.

He said: “Wakefield have got one game left, Hull KR at home on Sunday.

“I think I am back here now for the remainder of the season and we’ll see how it goes.

“It would be nice to get a couple of games while Joel Moon’s banned, but I will just do my best and do whatever job’s presented to me.

“I am under contract to Leeds next year, but I am not sure what’s going to happen yet.”

Keinhorst admitted he was “shocked” to be recalled so late in the campaign.

“It is strange,” he said. “It came as a bit of a shock when I got the call last week, but I was obviously grateful to be given the opportunity to come in on Friday and hopefully I did a half-decent job for Ryan.

“But obviously I was disappointed we didn’t get the win.

“It wasn’t an easy game, Wigan made it tough for us. We stuck it back to them in parts, but we came up with a few errors that cost us.”

He added: “I was made aware last Tuesday and trained Wednesday and Thursday. I got thrown in there a bit, but that’s what I’m there for.

“I knew when I went on loan there was always that opportunity that might present itself and it wasn’t too bad settling back in.

“There’s still the same structure here and things haven’t changed that much from last season.

“Personally, I was happy with the way I went in parts, but there’s still plenty to work on.”

Keinhorst, who came off late in the game due to a minor knee problem, was involved in Rhinos’ lone try, which was one of the strangest of the season with several Leeds players hacking the ball forward and Wigan men failing to dive on it before Hall’s pass put Liam Sutcliffe in at the corner.

“It was a bit of a scrappy one,” he admitted. “I was just looking to put pressure on in defence.

“I kicked it through off my leg, it bounced off my knee and a couple of others got a couple of touches, but it was all good – all in the rules.”

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