Richie Myler ready to play anywhere in Leeds Rhinos cause

RICHIE MYLER insists he does not know where he will play for Leeds Rhinos this season and accepts he has to be “adaptable.”

The former England scrum-half, 30, proved a revelation last term after switching to full-back following Jack Walker’s broken foot.

Myler went on to retain his place there even when the young talent returned to fitness and claimed the Lance Todd Trophy as man-of-the-match when Leeds won the Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

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Walker was hoping to start the new campaign in the No 1 role but has had complications with the foot injury and is now expected to miss the entire season which starts against Wakefield Trinity in a little over a fortnight’s time.

Ordinarily, Myler would remain at full-back but stand-off Robert Lui (quad) will also miss the start and fellow play-makers Luke Gale (pectoral) and Callum McLelland (ankle) are both battling to be fit in time.

Leeds play their first pre-season friendly at Huddersfield Giants on Sunday and the signing of former England scrum-half Kyle Eastmond after a decade in rugby union is certainly timely.

“We’ve had a couple of boys injured so I’ve been in about nine different positions,” joked Myler.

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“I don’t know what the make-up of the team is going to be at the start – who’s right and who’s not – but I am going to have to be adaptable, whether I am playing in the full-back role or half-back.

SAdaptable: Richie Myler. Picture: SWPixSAdaptable: Richie Myler. Picture: SWPix
SAdaptable: Richie Myler. Picture: SWPix

“I went into pre-season pretty open-minded. Last year I played hooker, six, seven and full-back.

“I really enjoyed playing full-back. That was where I felt most comfortable last year. But wherever I am chucked in to play, I am happy to. I just want to play.”

On his preferred choice, Myler added: “I would like to play full-back; I think I am more of an asset to the team, with our current dynamic, there.

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“If Kyle can bed himself in and we’ve got Rob to come back and Galey at seven, that’s probably the best role for me within the team. But it is a case of me being adaptable again.”

He is excited by Eastmond’s return to the sport and said: “I played for England with Kyle and against him in junior rugby.

“You can see in his skill set that he is naturally a very talented player. He is obviously a threat.”

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