Paul McShane joined the Rhinos in 2006 and has continued to impress during his rise from the club’s Academy system to the first team and last season won his first piece of silverware with the club as part of the team who claimed the World Club Challenge with victory over Manly Sea Eagles.
He made nine appearances in 2012 and scored a try against Wakefield before joining Widnes on loan for the remainder of the season. He has returned to Headingley Carnegie for the 2013 ready to use his experience at the Vikings to force his way back into the first team contention for the Rhinos.
McShane had to play the waiting game for his opportunity in the first team whilst Academy team mates Kallum Watkins, Ben Jones-Bishop and Danny Allan earned their debut in 2008. McShane patiently learnt his trade behind Matt Diskin and eventually made his debut at the start of the 2009 season on the opening day against Celtic Crusaders at Headingley Carnegie. He made two further appearances during the season including his first start at Warrington.
The following season he made two starts and featured a further seven times off the bench. He also scored his first try for the club in the 42-22 win against Harlequins. Alongside this he also scored two tries and 12 goals in seven appearances for the U20’s.
In 2011 he made 16 appearances for the Rhinos firs team and scored his first try of the campaign against St Helens and registered a further four over the season.
He was named in the England U18 Academy squad to tour Australia in June 2008 and the following month he signed a new five year contract to keep him at the Rhinos till at least 2013.
He had a breakthrough season in 2007 and was named Junior Academy Player of the Year, on his way to helping the Junior Academy secure victory over St Helens in the Grand Final, with five goals in that game. He was also part of the side who took on their Australian counterparts in a friendly match against Wests Tigers.
Paul joined the Rhinos from Hunslet Parkside and has represented both Leeds and Yorkshire and has won a number of honours so far in his career, including the Yorkshire Cup on two occasions, the Leeds Cup five times as well as the League Cup.
Paul likes most music apart from Rap. His favourite film is The Man whilst on the small screen he enjoys watching Shameless. At school he enjoyed studying Maths and PE but hated French. When his playing career is over he would like to be a coach.