Scholarship Players of the Year rewarded with free pair of X Blades boots
Leeds Rhinos Scholarship team marked the end of a successful season with the announcement of their Under-15 and Under-16 players of the year at a celebration dinner.
The young team secured six wins in the eight fixtures and showed a great deal of improvement over the season, earning big wins over Widnes, Warrington and Castleford. The scholarship coaches selected the four winners and each were rewarded with a free pair of X Blades boots to mark their achievement, which were presented by first team players and X Blades ambassadors Jordan Lilley and Ashton Golding.
In the Under-15s the runner up was named as Jack Broadbent a centre from Dewsbury Moor, and the winner was prop Tom Holroyd from Siddal RL. The Under-16s runner up was Loui McConnell, who can play at loose forward or prop and joined the club from Oulton. The winner was named as Muizz Mustapha, a second row from Hunslet Warriors.
Speaking about the season, Leeds Rhinos’ Head of Youth Development, Simon Bell said: “It has been a very successful year and we have seen lots of improvement from all the players in our scholarship system.
“Although it is nice to have won the majority of our games this year, it is more important at this age group to see players developing and improving and that has certainly been the case this season. Both age groups have done extremely well and in most of our games we have seen an almost even split of under-15s and under-16s forming the team.
“All the players have done very well this year and it was a tough decision to select the winner. In the Under-15s Jack Broadbent has been outstanding both in training and on a game day. He has a great attitude and has shown his maturity which culminated in him being named captain in the last game against Hull.
“Tom Holroyd has been one of our stand out players throughout the year and there has not been a better prop forward in either age group all season and he thoroughly deserves this recognition.
“Loui McConnell has been our captain this year and has led by example. He has represented England Youth in two tests in France and has been one of our most consistent players.
“Muizz Mustapha has not only been one of our best players this season, he has also improved more than any other player. That improvement is testament to his attitude and willingness to learn and improve and this hard work has paid off for him this year, with some outstanding performances.
“I would like to thank X Blades for donating boots for the winners, this a great gesture and is hugely appreciated by the players and the club. I would also like to thank our coaching team, Mark Butterill, Martin Wood, Dan Cook, Steve Fox, Kevin Till and Paul Milnes for their hard work this year, and for the fantastic job they do in helping develop the next generation of players at the club.”