Joe Vickery exits Rhinos

Winger Joe Vickery has left Super League champions Leeds Rhinos with immediate effect having been granted a release from the remainder of his contract.

Joe Vickery
Joe Vickery

The 23-year-old, who joined Rhinos on a one-year deal at Christmas, has not played since suffering an ankle injury in May.

The former Gold Coast Titans player scored one try in 10 Super League appearances and said: “I don’t regret anything and I just want to thank the club for giving me the best opportunity ever.

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“I wish things had worked out differently, but that wasn’t to be. The World Club Challenge against Melbourne was probably the highlight of my life, to run out in front of that incredible crowd and be part of that game was a huge moment for me.

“I will take some time off now to travel for a bit and then I will be heading home to Australia to start the next chapter of my life.”

Rhinos coach Brian McDermott said: “Joe leaves the club with our very best wishes and thanks for his efforts since coming to the Rhinos.

“I think he deserves a lot of credit for backing himself and coming over here to try and earn a shot at playing top-flight rugby league.

“He has been very honest and very professional during his time at the club. He can be proud that he backed himself and joins a very select group of players who have represented this great club. He was a very popular member of the squad and we all wish him well.”