Rising star signs long term deal with Rhinos

Liam Tindall

Teenage flyer Liam Tindall has agreed a new three year contract with Leeds Rhinos after impressing as part of the first team squad following the return to training after the coronavirus lockdown. 

The 18-year-old was due to be part of the Rhinos Reserve squad this season but earned a call up to Richard Agar’s squad for the return to training and since then has impressed the coaching staff with his attitude and ability. The former Temple Moor pupil will now be part of the senior first team squad and the new deal will keep him at Emerald Headingley until at least the end of the 2023 season. He joined the Leeds Academy from East Leeds ARLFC originally as a centre before moving onto the wing. A powerful runner, he played for the England Academy side in 2019. 

Commenting on his new deal, Tindall said, “It has been a great experience training with the first team squad. It has been very intense but there are quite a few younger lads in the group who have helped me plus senior players like Mikolaj Oledzki and Luke Gale have made the step up easier. I just need to try and do my best in training. I have grown up being a Leeds supporter and came through the scholarship and academy so it is fantastic to have earned a first team contract. You know that if you are good enough and work hard that you will get your chance at Leeds, you just need to look at the team and see people like Harry Newman, Mik, Cameron Smith and Jack Walker to know that, and that gives you a boost as a young player.”

Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield added, “We are delighted to have agreed with Liam his first full time contract at the club. He has shown a great attitude since coming back in after the lockdown and impressed a lot of the coaches and players with his pace and strength. He is one of a number of young players who we have agreed long term contracts with and we will continue our aim of building a core of homegrown players supplemented by world class talent from outside the club. Liam is still only 18 but he has the right attitude to continue learning and developing and I am sure he will make the most of this opportunity.”