Six-time Grand Final star and Lance Todd Trophy winner Ryan Hall has announced his upcoming departure from the Rhinos at the end of the season, putting a career of epic proportions to rest.
The 30-year-old, following his debut in 2007, is the club’s fifth highest try-scorer of all time; boasting 231 tries in 327 appearances, Hall will forever be remembered as an international superstar.
Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said of Hall’s announcement that the club is disappointed to lose a player of such quality.
“The club were keen to keep him here and we made him an offer that reflected his standing in the game. I know that Ryan will be doing everything between now and the end of the season to make sure his time at the club ends on the best possible note,” he told therhinos.co.uk.
“He will remain a close friend of the Rhinos; as a Leeds lad, playing for his club and winning with the Rhinos means so much to him.
“The departure of any senior player is a chance for someone else to come into our group, just as it was Ryan when he first broke through over a decade ago,” he added.
Hall, who originally joined the Rhinos as a junior in 2006 with now twelve seasons under him, added, ” I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together. For me personally, I feel that this is the right time for a new challenge after such a long period at the club.
“My decision in no way reflects on the Rhinos.
“Words cannot really do justice to how much representing my home town club and enjoying so much success has meant to me. My focus now is on the remainder of this season and putting the Rhinos in the best possible position for next season and beyond”.