KALLUM Watkins admits he would "find it very hard" to play against Leeds as he weighs up his next move.

The Rhinos captain is to bring his 12-year association with the club to an end in October after negotiating a release from the last two years of his contract.

The 28-year-old is keeping his options open and reveals he has spoken to his former Leeds team-mate Ryan Hall, who ended his long association with the club last year to ply his trade in the NRL.

Watkins says rugby union is also an option, along with staying in Super League, even though that would see him playing against Leeds.

"I'd find it very hard to do that," he said. "It would be pretty strange, to be honest.

"I know a couple of the boys that I've played with over the years have done that - the likes of Maggsy (Danny McGuire)- and if that comes to happen, then it must happen.

"It's part and parcel of it all. But it would be pretty strange, playing against Leeds, definitely."

Watkins says he has already fielded several offers and expects to be in a position to make a decision on his future within the next fortnight.

"There's been some interest," he said. "This week and next week I'll probably have an idea of where I'm going to be at.

"I've not narrowed it down yet, I'm keeping all possibilities open.

"I've spoken to Hally a couple of times. He found it a bit of a shock as well that I was going.

"It's new challenge really and that's good for myself and my family, just getting into a new environment I guess.

"That's what I'll be planning to do but right now the big focus is on this team and getting back to where they need to be."

Watkins missed the last four months of the 2018 season after undergoing major knee surgery and is still striving to recapture the form that earned him 25 caps for England.

"Obviously it has taken a while," he said. "I've been concentrating on getting this team playing well as well.

"With the news of going, it's probably pushed me a little bit more than ever. I want to do so well for Leeds and when the time comes I want to be doing well for the next team I play for.

"I want to keep improving week by week. The most important thing is getting the group back to playing to where they need to be and hopefully my form will follow on the back of that."

Watkins made the switch from centre to the second row for the Rhinos' last match, a 10-0 win at Wakefield, and is ready to stay in the pack if necessary for the visit of Wigan on Friday.

"I'll always put my hands up to play anywhere," he said. "For me, it's about putting the best players in the team and at the minute we've been struggling in the back row.

"As long as I know I can play there, that's only going to help me. I thought I did a good job on Friday for the team."