“He’s such a threat” – Leeds coach full of praise for Harry Newman after injury lay-off

Leeds coach Richard Agar was full of praise for Harry Newman after the youngster scored in their win over Salford.

The 21-year-old, who only recently returned from 10 months out with a broken leg, opened the scoring for Leeds in Friday’s 38-16 win over Salford and also had a hand in several other tries.

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On Newman, Agar said: “Harry is electrifying when he touches the ball.

“He’s not back to his best yet and I’m pretty certain it might be a while before we see him at his absolute peak. But still he’s such a threat, whether he’s coming back against the grain with his footwork, with his early balls, he’s so strong and quick.

“It’s just brilliant to see him back on the scoresheet and I think last week did him the world of good. It wasn’t a great performance by us against Catalans, but for him to get through long stints of game-time in a tough game, even coming into this game tonight he was saying how much better he felt.

“He’s still down on match fitness but we’ll get him there.”

Agar praised the influence of the Headingley crowd, with more than 10,000 fans in attendance.

He said: “We had a good energy about us in the first half and I thought the crowd played a part in that.

“We had a really solid first-half performance. We scored some great tries.

“Kruise Leeming was wonderful in some of the stuff he did, but then undid some of it with some uncharacteristic errors. But at 20-0 at half-time we were good value for it.”

Last week, Leeds announced that Australian forward Matt Prior has signed a two-year contract that will keep him at Headingley until at least the end of 2023.

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