On this Day – 10th December

ON THIS DAY in 2000 the Rhinos unveiled new signings Robbie Mears, Bradley Clyde and Brett Mullins to a crowd of 3,000 supporters at Headingley.

Bradley Clyde, Robbie Mears and Brett Mullins

Clyde was regarded as one of the best players of his generation and when he joined the Rhinos, je had already won most honours in the game.

He showed his talent from a young age and at 19 he won the 1989 Grand Final with Canberra Raiders, and in that game had collected the Clive Churchill Medal as man of the match. He won the medal again in 1991, despite being on the losing side and then won the Premiership again in 1994.

He made just 15 appearances at Leeds, with injuries limiting his game time and he was released the following season his career curtailed by Achilles tendon injury.

Mullins also played for Canberra Raiders and was part of the 1994 winning side. He had made over 180 appearances for the club when he joined Leeds. During that time he also game honours for New South Wales and Australia, following in the footsteps of his father Bill Mullins.

He played twelve times for Leeds in one season and scored four tries. He returned to Australia at the end of the 2001 season to play for Sydney Roosters.

Mears joined from Auckland and had a miserable start to his Leeds career, fracturing his collarbone on his debut. He went on to make 24 appearances othe club however and was named Supporters Player of the Year.

In his final game for Leeds he fractured his cheekbone after a high tackle by Sonny Nickle, which saw the St Helens forward handed a six month ban.

He joined Wests Tigers after Leeds and returned to Super League in 2005 for a brief spell with Leigh Centurions.