Briscoe deserves Super League chance says Eaton
Leeds Rhinos Assistant Coach Barry Eaton believes that young back Luke Briscoe, 22, deserves his chance in Super League after he was drafted into the Rhinos squad to face Huddersfield Giants tonight.
Briscoe has been out of the game since last summer after undergoing a lateral knee reconstruction following an injury suffered on 12th June whilst playing for Hunslet Hawks.
The former Hull FC junior joined the Hawks last season on a one year contract and found himself without a club this winter following the injury. The Rhinos medical team have overseen his rehabilitation and now he has fit again, he has been given an opportunity to show what he can do in the first team.
Assistant coach Eaton, who coached Briscoe at Hunslet for the last two seasons, commented, “Luke was very unfortunate with his injury last year. He was one of the form centres in the Championship before his injury, in a team that was in the wrong half of the table and produced a man of the match performance with a try on the wing in the Summer Bash at Blackpool when we beat Doncaster. He is comfortable on the wing or at centre and he has shown a lot of self belief over the last few years when he has been hit by injuries. He is still a young man at 22. When he joined Hunslet last year he knew that the Rhinos would keep an eye on him for 2016 and his form before the injury certainly warranted that. It is obviously a challenge coming straight in for tonight’s game but I am sure he will do his job for the team and grow with confidence when the opportunity arises.”
The Featherstone-born youngster has already made three appearances for the Rhinos in 2014, including crossing for a try in the home defeat to Bradford Bulls. He started that season on loan at Wakefield where he made two Super League appearances. He was dual registered with Hunslet in 2014, scoring one try in seven appearances before signing for the Hawks last season. In 2015, he scored seven tries in 17 appearances for Hunslet.
Commenting on his recall, Briscoe, who has been awarded the number 29 squad number, said, “After being out for nine months, it is great to be back. It becomes too much when you’re sat on the sidelines and I just want to be out there with the lads now. There are a lot of young lads in the team now, some of whom I played with in the Rhinos Under 19 team, so that will help me settle back in. It has been like I was never away being back in training and I have signed until the end of the season. Hopefully I can show the coaching staff what I am capable of and I am looking to have a decent run without injuries now.”