Andy Key has said that ‘six-to-eight’ wins in the coming matches for Leeds Carnegie would save them. Leeds head to Newcastle on Boxing Day rooted to the bottom of the table and without a win in the league.

“Even the team that wins the league is likely to lose seven-to-nine games with the way the league is working this year,” Key told BBC Radio Leeds.

“So for us to finish the season having won six, seven, eight games that would keep us in the Premiership.”


Leeds Carnegie have called off their search for a Hooker. In November, injuries and unavailability forced Leeds into selecting conditioning coach James Parkes for the LV= Cup defeat by Sale.

But Steve Thompson has now returned from England duty and Scott Freer is back in action after knee surgery.

Key told BBC Radio Leeds: “If all goes well then all our problems regarding a hooker will have solved themselves.”


Phil Nilsen has said that he is the kind of player to thrive on pressure that comes as the result of being the important member in the Leeds team. With Steve Thompson on England duty and Andy Titterell injured, the 25-year-old has quickly risen from third choice hooker to number one.

Nilsen told BBC Radio Leeds: “I feel there is added pressure on me to perform to the standards Thommo and Titts set.

“That’s bringing out the best in me and actually helping me.”

With conditioning coach James Parks on the bench against Exeter as emergency cover at hooker, Nilsen had to play the whole 80 minutes at Sandy Park and was one of Leeds’ standout performers.

Leeds remain in talks with potential new signings at hooker, but admit they are not close to agreeing any deals yet.