Leeds Rhinos youngsters Jack Walker and Alex Sutcliffe have both committed their futures to the club by signing new contracts with the club.
Walker, 17, initially turned down the chance of a full time first team contract with the Rhinos as he wanted assurances that he would play his preferred position of fullback. But, after considering his options Walker has now decided to stay at Leeds and has signed a new 3-year deal, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2020 season. He will now be given a place in the 25-man first team squad for 2018.
Alex Sutcliffe, 18, who made his Super League debut in the defeat at Wigan two weeks ago, has signed on for a further four years and that will see him remain at Headingley until at least the end of the 2021 campaign.
Speaking about his decision to perform a U-turn and sign the deal that he had previously rejected, Walker said: “I know there has been a lot of speculation and I just wanted to make sure I was making the right call in committing for the next three-years. I’m really happy things have been finalised and becoming a full-time player with my home town club and this group of players is a dream come true for me”.
Sutcliffe commented: “It has always been a dream of mine to play for the Rhinos since I was young and it is a dream come true. Having made my debut now, I want to strive even harder to be in the squad again in the future having had that experience. I know I need to keep working hard with the under 19’s in the gym and developing my skills with the coaches Adrian Morley and Jonny Wainhouse to get that chance. This new contract feels like a reward for the work I have done already and I can’t wait to get started. It is good to know there is a group of us coming through the Academy ranks together with some familiar faces, it is nice to be a part of something with my pals and to know we are part of the club’s plans”.