“He’s a super young ultra professional” – Richard Agar hails Leeds youngster Jack Broadbent

Leeds coach Richard Agar will give another opportunity to centre Jack Broadbent when they take on Castleford on Friday.

The 19-year-old scored the match-winning try – his first in Leeds colours – in the 28-22 win over Wakefield last weekend.

The Rhinos academy product got the nod to play in his specialist position in the absence of five of Leeds’ seven first-choice backs and delighted his coach.

“I felt sorry for Jack last year,” Agar said. “In two of his three games we had to play him as a six, even though we see him as a centre who can play full-back and wing.

“He’s a super young ultra professional. He trains very well every day and his talk within games is sensational.

“He actually trained as a referee, which tells you what type of rugby league person he is.

“He understands where he’s at, he knows he’s got bits he has got to work. He had to be patient but I thought he rose to the challenge. It was a great learning curve for him.”

Agar is expecting a close tussle with the Tigers, who gave coach Daryl Powell an impressive start to his last season in charge.

“I was pretty impressed with them last week,” he said. “They worked really hard for each other and played with a positive attitude. It’s a derby game so I wouldn’t expect any less this week.”

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