Rhinos announce largest ever Academy recruitment group
Leeds Rhinos have announced that thirteen players from the club’s scholarship have agreed new contracts with the club to join the Academy ranks from next season.
Four of the players come from the highly successful Siddal U16 side that won the National Trophy for the second successive year recently with 38-18 against St Helens outfit Blackbrook. Prop Tom Holroyd, who attends Calder High, full back Liam Whitton, who attends Brooksbank, scrum half Will Scrimshaw and prop Harry Georgiou, who both go to Ryburn Valley High School have impressed in their two years in the scholarship with the Rhinos.
The largest contingent from one club comes from Dewsbury Moor with five players hoping to following the footsteps of the likes of Danny Ward, Matt Diskin and Luke Burgess who played for the club before going on to be Grand Final winners with the Rhinos.
England Youth international centre Jack Broadbent and outside back Ben Markland both go to Bruntcliffe School whilst Outwood Grange pupil Brad Martin is another England Youth international in the back row. Winger Liam Hamill attends Immanuel College whilst versatile Billy Jowitt goes to Kettlethorpe High.
As with almost every crop of new Academy signings for the Rhinos, Stanningley is once again represented. The club that produced Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Ashton Golding and Jordan Lilley has once again developed two players for the Rhinos Academy. England Youth stand off Harvey Spence, who like Jones-Buchanan and Golding attended Priesthorpe School, prop Sam Moorhouse both come from Stanningley, Sam attends Crawshaw.
Finally, England Youth player Corey Johnson joins from Castleford Lock Lane and attends Castleford Academy and Jordan Russell has signed from East Leeds having gone to school at Boston Spa.
Commenting on the signings, Head of Youth Development Simon Bell commented, “This is one of the strongest groups of players we have had for many years. They have developed well over the last two years and will add to our existing group of Academy players. They are all a credit to their community clubs and the hours of hard work and dedication put in by their coaches in the junior ranks and signing professionally with the Rhinos is the next step on their journey.
“Liam Whitton is quick and elusive who has impressed with his support player. Likewise, Liam Hamill has shown his finishing skill after only joining us this year. Ben Markland is another who only joined us this year and is equally at home in any of the outside back positions or full back. Jordan Russell is a strong ball carrier who has shown great improvement this season.
“Our England Youth internationals have shown their quality for club and country. Jack Broadbent is a smart rugby player with a great pair of hands, Harvey Spence is a good organiser with a good kicking game, Tom Holroyd is a big ball carrying prop who has produced some breath taking breaks in the the Under 16s over the last two years, Brad Martin is a dynamic ball carrier that can also play prop and Corey Johnson is quick and elusive around the ruck and solid in defence.
“Will Scrimshaw is a good organiser who defends well above his size and is equally at home at hooker. Sam Moorhouse is a prop forward with a great offload game likewise fellow front rower Harry Georgiou is a good ball carrier and defender with a great pair of hands. Billy Jowitt can play in the halves or at loose forward plays well above his weight,” added Bell.