New Leeds scrum half Cory Aston is looking forward to making his Rhinos debut on Boxing Day in the festive friendly with Wakefield Trinity at Headingley.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott has named a team which sees Aston and Liam Sutcliffe combine the halves, with Jordan Lilley starting at hooker.
Aston acknowledges that the move from Sheffield to Leeds has been exciting for him.
“It was pretty surreal on that first morning when I came to training at Kirkstall,” he said.
“I walked through the door and then you are changing alongside blokes who you had only ever seen on television since you were young playing for England and Leeds.
“It didn’t take long to get used to it but it was strange at first. Pre-season has been tough and the coaching staff have really been putting us through our paces.
“There have been a few tired afternoons so far, I like to go home and have a nap after training because it has been tough but I am enjoying the challenge.”
Aston is keen to impress the Leeds coaching staff ahead of the start to the new season.
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“I am looking forward to getting the chance to have a run out on Boxing Day,” he said.
“It is a big historical fixture and I have never had the chance to play on Boxing Day before. It will be a chance for me to show the coaching staff what I can do in a game situation.”
1 Ashton Golding
2 Tom Briscoe
18 Jimmy Keinhorst
12 Carl Ablett (c)
22 Ash Handley
14 Liam Sutcliffe
26 Cory Aston
16 Brad Singleton
25 Jordan Lilley
17 Mitch Garbutt
29 Josh Jordan Roberts
15 Brett Delaney
10 Adam Cuthbertson
30 Sam Hallas
20 Anthony Mullally
21 Josh Walters
23 Jack Ormondroyd
24 Jordan Baldwinson
27 Cameron Smith