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SMITH BACKS MURRELL FOR BRIGHT RHINOS FUTURE

25th March 2004 | 12:00 am

By Leeds Rhinos

Tony Smith has predicted a bright future for rising star Scott Murrell after allowing the 18-year-old stand off to join Super League rivals London on a months loan.

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Tony Smith has predicted a bright future for rising star Scott Murrell after allowing the 18-year-old stand off to join Super League rivals London on a months loan.

Leeds Rhinos coach Tony Smith has predicted a bright future for rising star Scott Murrell after allowing the 18-year-old stand off to join Super League rivals London Broncos on a months loan. Murrell, who captained the Rhinos Junior Academy to a record eighth successive Championship last season, could be set to make his Super League debut for the Broncos this Sunday against Salford. Commenting on the young half back Smith said, "This is a great opportunity for Scott to gain first team experience and he can only benefit from working and playing with the likes of Jim Dymock and Dennis Moran, who will pass on a lot of their knowledge to him. The opportunity to play in the first team at the Rhinos is not there at the moment so this is a great chance for him to show what he can do plus should we need to call on him later in the season he will know what is required to play in Super League. "He is a tremendously talented young player and I was really impressed with him in our pre-season games when he played at Hunslet, York and Hull so I was able to have a really good look at him and I'm sure he is destined for a big future at Headingley," added Smith. Murrell is the son of former Leeds player Bryan Murrell who made 75 appearances for Leeds in the 1970's including the 1977 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley when Leeds defeated Widnes.

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