He may only be a part-time player at this stage, but his experience at the international level for Germany, and his solid form for Leeds in his games so far, has seen German Jimmy Keinhorst rewarded with a new 3-year deal by the club.
Keinhorst, 22, is currently in his third year at Leeds Metropolitan University, studying a degree in sports science, and has played in 4 games so far, making his first start against Salford last week.
“I am really happy to have signed a long-term contract with the club,” he said.
“Studying at Leeds Met has been great for me, and I definitely would not have got the chances I have had in rugby league without the close ties between the university and the Rhinos.
“I am going into my final year now and I know it is going to be tough, but it is something the Rhinos are fully supportive of.
“I am excited about the opportunities I have at the Rhinos, but I also want to finish with a strong degree after three years hard work, so it will be a busy time.”
Brian McDermott, the Leeds head coach was full of praise for Keinhorst.
“Jimmy has impressed everyone at the club this season with his performances for the Under-20s and the first team, and he deserves this new deal.
“For a 22-year-old to have played at Wembley in his fourth senior appearance is an incredible achievement, and something that will stand him in good stead for years to come.”