In August 2018, Leeds Rhinos announced they had agreed a three and half year contract with young star Callum McLelland having agreed an undisclosed fee with Scottish Rugby to bring the Pontefract-born youngster back home to the thirteen-man game. A product of Castleford Academy, McLelland signed for Edinburgh Rugby in November 2017.
He qualified for Scotland through a grandfather born in East Ayrshire and gained eight caps for Scotland U20. A product of the Castleford Tiger’s academy, he represented England Rugby League at U16 and U18 levels before switching codes in 2017. McLelland played rugby union up to the age of 13 before focusing on league, representing the Lock Lane ARLFC club and attending Castleford Academy School.
He captained England U16s in 2017, helping them to two-match series win against France in October, scoring a match winning drop-goal in a 19-18 victory in the opening game.
McLelland was given the number 23 shirt for the 2019 season but only played three games for the first team, notably scoring against Bradford in the Challenge Cup. He spent the first half of the season with Leeds’ Under-19s academy, scoring four tries in nine games, and later went out on dual registration to Featherstone Rovers where he flourished, playing twelve games and helping Rovers to the Million Pound promotion game against Toronto Wolfpack. He finished the season by playing two games for Scotland against Serbia and Greece, scoring three times.