Injury crisis like no other, says Hetherington

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington insists the club will make no excuses despite an unbelievable injury crisis wrecking havoc through their squad.

Brian McDermott will be without eight first-team members for Saturday’s clash with Catalans, with Mitch Garbutt joining the list of absentees following his red card against North Queensland Cowboys.

However, while Leeds are inevitably doing it tough at the minute, Hetherington insists the club will keep plugging away.

“We have had some adversity, but we have got a pretty good organisation to deal with that,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“We’ve not made excuses, we’ve just got on and made the best of it.

“It is a tough time and it is going to continue to be, but we are a resilient organisation, with resilient staff and a lot of stability and confidence.”

Leeds’ current injury crisis is something Hetherington has never seen in his time at the Rhinos.

“We’ve never, in my time at the club, had so many front line players out injured at the same time.

“We started the season with Stevie Ward and Jamie Jones-Buchanan both out and Liam Sutcliffe coming back from a knee reconstruction.

“Beau Falloon got injured in training, Danny McGuire was hurt in the first game and Tom Briscoe, Carl Ablett and Ashton Golding were injured in the second.

“Anthony Mullally’s pre-season was disrupted by the injury he got last year and Mitch Achurch suffered a rib injury playing for Batley, which meant he wasn’t available for last week.

“You expect injuries throughout the season, but to have a spate of them so early is unprecedented.”