Jamie Peacock’s son signs first professional contract

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Leeds Rhinos have announced that forward Lewis Peacock has committed his future to the club by signing his first professional contract. 

The former Stanningley junior joined the Rhinos academy earlier this year on an initial trial period. He has since impressed the coaching staff to earn a two-year deal with the Headingley Stadium outfit.

Peacock, son of Leeds legend Jamie, played rugby league from the age of seven before switching codes at school. It was there where he caught the attention of the Rhinos coaching staff, and was later offered a three-month trial period to train with the club’s Under-18s.

Lewis Peacock on Leeds opportunity

“I’m thankful for the opportunity that Leeds has given me,” Peacock said.

“It’s been a goal since I was younger to play for Leeds. The coaches here are great. They always want to get the best out of you and they’re always motivating you so I just feel like the environment here is really good.

“This season, I’ve got to keep training hard and showing the coaches that I’ll be good on the field. I feel like the first team is a big step right now but if I keep progressing with the coaches helping me, it’s something I can aim for.”

Academy head coach Tony Smith added: “He’s tough, carries the ball strong and is willing to learn and that is all you can ask from a junior player. 

“It was evident that he had a fair bit to do in regards to getting fitter out on the field. He came in just after Christmas and showed the right attitude.

“He’s got a good work ethic. If you look at his development from when he first came two months ago until now, he’s massively improved. The way he applies himself to training is really good and he’s been a pleasure to work with.”

Leeds’ head of youth John Bastian commented: “We watched Lewis playing rugby union for Woodhouse Grove and you could see little facets of his game that might suit rugby league.

“We loved his effort during those games. He played quite a bit of rugby league in his formative years and we asked him to come down for a trial.” 

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