Young England star excited by future at Rhinos

England Academy centre Corey Hall says he cannot wait to get started with Leeds Rhinos have agreed a three-year deal with the club. 

Hall was granted a release by Wigan Warriors from their Academy structure so he could move back nearer to home. The 6’2” centre was this week named in the 22-man England Academy squad to travel to Wales at the end of the month along with four other Rhinos. 

The Sheffield-born youngster said, “Joining Leeds is a huge opportunity for me. Growing up, Leeds were always one of the biggest clubs and I used to look up to people like Kallum Watkins and Kevin Sinfield. This is a chance for me to show what I can do. I am very grateful to Wigan for granting me a release so I can be closer to home, they have been great with me and really supported me. 

“Looking at the Academy at Leeds, it excites me that I will get the chance to play alongside those lads. Leeds have always had a reputation for giving young players a chance to progress. I will still qualify for the Under 18s next season but there is the opportunity to play in the Reserves as well. That will be a massive learning curve for young players to play against men,” added the 17-year-old. 

Hall played his junior rugby at Sheffield Hawks before joining Wakefield Trinity’s Scholarship programme. A year ago, Wigan recruited him after he impressed playing for England Youth over in France. He is currently in his final year at Leeds College of Building where he is studying construction and the built environment. Commenting on his call up to the England Academy squad he said, “It was a massive shock for me but I am looking forward to it. I know Liam Tindall from the Rhinos as we played over in France last year together. There is a chance we could be on the same side of the field so it would be great to get some game time with him ahead of next year.”

Commenting on the signing Head Coach Richard Agar said, “Corey is a good, young player who is very athletic. It is often tough for young players when they move away from home but I am sure he will settle in well here at the Rhinos.”