Smith joins Wakefield on loan
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Leeds Rhinos three-quarter Lee Smith on loan, initially for a month to offset the loss of both regular centres Dean Collis and Vince Mellars through injury.
The former England international has made 14 senior appearances for the champions this season, including their Carnegie Challenge Cup win over Wakefield, but has not played in their last four matches and would not have been considered for next week’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Wigan Warriors.
“I have come here to get some game time,” said Smith, 25.
“My contract is up this year and this obviously gives me a chance to get out and play and put me in the shop window.
“I can see what’s out there. The season is coming to an end soon and I will be looking to either stay at Leeds or look elsewhere.”
Smith was a member of three of the Rhinos’ Grand Final-winning teams, demonstrating his versatility by appearing in different positions and scoring each time.
Wildcats coach Richard Agar said: “Lee is certainly a good addition. He is a quality player.
“When we knew he wasn’t going to feature this weekend it coincided with Dean Collis being out with a fracture in his shoulder and Vince Mellars has been diagnosed with a detached retina which needs surgery.
“To lose both our centres is a fair chunk out of our team and Lee has not being getting the amount of football that he wants and a player of his calibre is too good not to be playing week in, week out in Super League.
“If it’s not with Leeds then we are in a position to offer him a crack with us.”