Jack Broadbent’s Leeds Rhinos career appears to be over with a move to Featherstone Rovers for the rest of the season reportedly in the works. Rugby League Live understands that a deal to send the 21-year-old to partner club Leeds is being discussed which will see the campaign’s away back helping Rovers promote the Super League.
Broadbent will join Castleford Tigers next season after signing a deal with the West Yorkshire side, which came after a season in which regular playing time was hard to come by. He hasn’t played since Rohan Smith’s first game in charge, a loss to the Salford Red Devils, and is believed not to feature in the new manager’s plans for the rest of the season.
As a result, Broadbent is expected to finish the season with Featherstone to maximize his opportunities before heading to the Tigers next season. He’s following an almost identical path to Alex Sutcliffe, the current Tigers player who was also sent to Featherstone for the latter parts of last season after accepting a deal at the Jungle.
Last year, Broadbent burst onto the scene and was quickly named as one of the club’s hottest prospects. However, this season has seen him drop out of the pecking order, with the likes of Alex Mellor, Rhyse Martin, Max Simpson and Tom Briscoe all favoring him at various stages.
He produced a man of the match performance in the win over Toulouse Olympique at Headingley now it looks like he played his last game in blue and amber.
A recall clause is likely to be added in case Leeds suffer another injury crisis, but with Harry Newman and Liam Sutcliffe now fit, his likelihood of playing as a first year at Headingley looks remote at this stage.