Leeds prop Rob Mulhern has signed a new three-year deal at the club and been awarded the vacant number 25 shirt.
Currently playing on dual registration at Hunslet Hawks, Mulhern is delighted to have secured his future with Leeds.
“I was really pleased to sign a new contract with the club,” he said.
“Brian McDermott has been good with me over the past few years and helped me progress in my game.
2When I think how far I have come in the last year, it still shocks me, but I know there is still a long way to go. Making my Super League debut for my home town club last season was pretty special and I was very proud to play for Ireland at the end of the season.
“I have had a good off season and I am benefitting from working with Barry Eaton at Hunslet. Barry is obviously part of the Rhinos coaching team too so I know that if I impress for the Hawks that Brian will be keeping a close eye on me.
“Being awarded the 25 shirt for the squad numbers is the icing on the cake.
“There has obviously been a lot of chat about who would get it but I think it is great that the Rhinos reward their young players and give them a shot to prove themselves in Super League.
“I think that sends out a great message to all the young lads at the club and it has definitely given me plenty of confidence going forward to back myself.
Leeds head coach Brian McDermott was also delighted the player had signed the new deal, and backed him to improve further over the coming years.
“Rob has impressed everyone at the club with his work rate and attitude over the last few years,” he said.
“He will really benefit from playing in the Championship with Hunslet at the moment as he has only played for the Under 19s up until this point.
“He is aware that he still has a lot of work to do but he has earned this recognition and I am looking forward to working with him for the next three years and hopefully beyond.”