Referee Joe Cobb has been appointed as a full-time match official by the RFL.
Cobb, 28, took charge of his first Super League game last season, between London and Wigan, and has taken to the middle on several occasions in the top flight this term, including Leeds’ win against Wakefield at the weekend.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to become a full-time match official.
“I’ve been working hard for a long time and it’s great to reach such a high level of refereeing.
“I’ve had quite a lot of experience in terms of refereeing in the Championship and being touch-judge at some international games so that should put me in good stead and make me better going forward.”
RFL Match Officials Director Jon Sharp spoke highly of Cobb’s progress and of the delight that the RFL’s cadet programme has delivered its first full-time official.
“It’s a fantastic chance for Joe. He’s still got to do some improving but him stepping up to be full-time is a credit to the hard work that he’s put in.”