Chris is now in his third season in the first team and in that time he has appeared in two Challenge Cup Finals and won a Grand Final winners ring in 2011 and a World Club Challenge honour in 2012.
He made his debut in 2010 and was named in an unfamiliar role on the wing, he took his opportunity and proved to be one of the season’s real finds. In his second game he once again had to demonstrate his versatility by starting the game at centre. He went onto make a total of 18 appearances, including a place in the starting line up for the Carnegie Challenge Cup final against Warrington and scored five tries, the first of which came against Wakefield in the Magic Weekend fixture at Murrayfield. It was a remarkable debut season for the former East Leeds amateur who had begun the year as a part time player but after continually impressing the Leeds coaches was able to forge his way into the first team set up.
A year after joining the Rhinos he helped the Junior Academy side clinch the Championship when he was named in the starting line up for the win against St Helens in the Grand Final.
Prior to the 2010 season Chris was working in a career outside of Rugby League as an apprentice bricklayer, working with his dad.
He suffered a fractured thumb in 2011 which ruled him out of pre season for six weeks but he was able to make his first appearance for the side in the second game against Hull FC and crossed for the first try of the Championship winning campaign. He played at loose forward when Kevin Sinfield moved to the half backs and was in impressive form, making 23 starts and six substitute appearances.
He is a former pupil at Temple Moor and played for his local amateur side East Leeds and won representative honours with Yorkshire and England at U17 level.
In 2011 he was named in the England Knights squad at the end of the season and he started in the team’s 26-12 win against Cumbria at Whitehaven’s Recreation Ground.
In 2012 featured in the England Knights side who won the Alitalia European Cup with victory over Ireland and Scotland.
Chris’ childhood hero was his Dad, Peter, who played rugby for Featherstone and Wakefield and is part of the Leeds Academy coaching team.