Update on Callum McLelland's Leeds Rhinos future as contract enters final months
Richard Agar has admitted that Callum McLelland has not accepted the contract he has been offered – with his future now all but certain to lie away from Leeds Rhinos.
The talented half-back has endured an injury-disrupted campaign and suffered a ruptured patella tendon in the defeat at Wakefield Trinity two weeks ago.
He has undergone surgery and is facing around six months on the sidelines.
McLelland is out of contract at the end of this season and is expected to rejoin Castleford Tigers, where he had a spell in the academy.
“It's difficult news on Callum – he has got a ruptured patella tendon and has surgery,” said Leeds head coach Agar.
“I'll estimate it at six months - it could be a fraction more, it could be a fraction less.
“It could five or five but it could run to seven or eight, although at the moment we're hoping it will be six months.
“It's a tough one for Callum because he's had a really difficult year with injuries.”
With England scrum-half Luke Gale set to be joined by new signings Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin at Leeds next season, McLelland’s future appears increasingly likely to lie elsewhere.
Agar said Rhinos have offered him a new deal, but have not had a response.
The Leeds boss added: “We've offered Callum a contract but he's not come back to us on that yet. That's going back a number of weeks now.”