Elliot Minchella

When it comes to player retention, the promising young players are ones to also keep and that is what the Leeds Rhinos have done, re-signing talented English Academy player Elliot Minchella on a new 3-year deal.

Making his debut against Salford during a match in August and capping it off with a try, he is rated highly by the club with Leeds coach Brian McDermott earmarking the 17-year old as a player of the future, highlighting just how versatile he can be to the team.

“He has got a good chance. Like Alex Foster he is pretty much an all-rounder,” McDermott said.

“He’s a good defender and also good with the ball, a strong carrier and he can play in the middle or on the edge.

“At such a young age he has played first team already and he’s one for the future.”

For the young player himself, it is a deal he is thankful to have been awarded and whilst he will seek out the opportunity to play more first-grade games, his primary focus is on the U19’s side.

“I had a good year and it is nice to get rewarded for that,” he said.

“Hopefully, I can crack on this season and get one or two games, but my focus is more on the U19s.

“I want to have a strong year for them and see what we can do.

“This season my aim is to get a few games, but it’s still a bonus. I am still only young and I’ve got my feet on the ground. I will be patient.”

By ricky

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