Hetherington assures fans team re-build is priority following Cup exit

Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington has addressed the club’s exit from the Challenge Cup and admits the club must build a team to match its investment off the field.

Hetherington says he fully appreciates the frustration felt by fans and, ahead of Thursday’s opening of the club’s new North Stand, assured them that the club is doing all its can to “re-build a team to match our facilities”.

He said: “Yesterday’s result at Odsal was a huge disappointment in what has been a very poor season so far for the team and I fully appreciate the frustration felt by our fans which is shared by all our Directors, Management and staff.

“We never envisaged being where we are at the outset and it is fair to say, we have under-performed in so many ways, not least team performances and results.

“We have been here before and must firstly recognise our mistakes and then implement a plan to rectify and improve as soon as possible.

“On Thursday when we open our new North Stand,” Hetherington added, “and we will share a pride in having created something special for our club and the game of Rugby League and please be assured we are just as focussed on re-building our team to match our facilities.

“Thank you very much for your support at this difficult time for us all.”

Hetherington also re-affirmed his backing for Rhinos head of operations Kevin Sinfield

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