Back rower Luca Atkinson signed his first Academy contract in 2019 and was part of the biggest cohort of players signed for the Under-19s by the club.
Joining Leeds’ scholarship in 2018, he made an impact among the scholarship coaches. A year later, he played every game for coach Mark Butterill, scoring his only try against Bradford Bulls at Emerald Headingley Stadium. He made his first academy appearance at the stadium too, starting in the post season friendly against NSW Country Rugby League.
Making the step up to the Academy in 2020, Atkinson started in wins over Newcastle and Bradford before the league was shutdown by Covid. A year later, in his second season, he played in all three opening games, even featuring at half back against Newcastle at Emerald Headingley.
Atkinson played the majority of his junior rugby at West Bowling, notably winning the Division One title in 2019. That year, the forward also earned his first international call up to the England Youth squad and ran out in the win over Wales.