Leeds-born James Harrison joined Leeds Rhinos on an initial one month loan from Championship side Featherstone Rovers in September 2020 when he was 24-years-old.
He signed for Featherstone Rovers from Batley Bulldogs in 2019 and his first season with Rovers, he made 28 appearances, scoring seven tries. He scored in each of the play-off victories over Leigh, York and Toulouse to help Rovers reach the 2019 Championship Grand Final against Toronto.
In the short time Rovers played in the 2020 Betfred Championship season he managed four tries, scoring against Batley, Bradford, London and Swinton.
He originally played his junior rugby at Drighlington before joining the scholarship at Bradford Bulls. He moved to Huddersfield Giants before finally making his breakthrough at Batley Bulldogs in their memorable 2016 season when they reached the Super 8s Qualifiers and played Leeds at Emerald Headingley. He made his senior debut on loan at Oxford earlier that season before making ten appearances for the Bulldogs. He became a regular in the following two seasons picking up the Coaches Player of the Year in his final season at Mount Pleasant.
James is the son of former Featherstone Rovers, Great Britain and England representative Karl Harrison. He is a lifelong Leeds United supporter who has a season ticket at Elland Road.