Kees Lensing is not the only man to jump the sinking Leeds Tykes ship in the wake of the club’s relegation from the Premiership.
Leeds have confirmed that 13 players are to leave following their poor season, but interestingly, Lensing’s name is not included in the official list. Lensing has reportedly signed for the Sharks in a record deal and will start on June 1, but according to the BBC is neither on the list of players staying at the club nor departing.
Admittedly, it may simply be an oversight by Leeds’ administration department, but is a glaring omission nontheless, considering the massive amount of interest shown in both SA and England.
Among those to tell the Tykes they are departing are internationals Gordon Ross, Iain Balshaw and Gordon Bulloch. Chief executive Gary Hetherington said: “We have tried hard to retain the players we wanted and it is disappointing to be losing some of them.”
Players leaving Leeds Tykes (lists as they appear on bbc.co.uk): Iain Balshaw, Chris Bell, Gordon Bulloch, Danny Care, Andy Craig, David Doherty, Dan Hyde, Mark McMillan, Tom Palmer, Richard Parks, Roland Reid, Gordon Ross and David Rees.
Players remaining at club: Tom Biggs, Lee Blackett, Michael Cusack, Roland De Marigny, Jon Dunbar, Stuart Hooper, James Isaacson, Chris Jones, Scott Morgan, Chris Murphy, Rob Rawlinson, Nathan Thomas and Rob Vickerman.