Leeds Rhinos: New signing Lachie Miller wants to make most of ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’

Drew Darbyshire
Lachie Miller Leeds Rhinos

Lachie Miller has penned a three-year deal with Leeds Rhinos from 2024 - Alamy

Leeds Rhinos have signed Australian full-back or half-back Lachie Miller from NRL side Newcastle Knights on a three-year contract from 2024.

The 29-year-old grew up playing rugby league but went on to enjoy a successful career in Rugby Union Sevens, representing Australia at the 2020 Olympics.

Miller returned to rugby league with NRL side Cronulla Sharks in 2022, and has made 11 appearances for Newcastle Knights this season.

Miller, who can play full-back or half-back, says he wants to make the most of his time in England with Super League giants Leeds.

He said: “I am looking forward to joining such a prestigious club as Leeds Rhinos and excited to come across having spoken with Rohan (Smith, coach) and Gary (Hetherington, chief executive) to be part of the culture at Headingley.

“I really enjoyed my footie at the start of this season and I want to bring that to the Rhinos.

“It is a big change for my family, we have a newborn and two-year-old so it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our young family that we are ready to embrace and make the most of.

“I watch a fair bit of the Super League competition on TV over here in Australia and I am fortunate to be joining such a great club and hopefully I can add to the culture.

“I know the club has a history of mixing a core young English lads with the overseas guys and I can’t wait to play in front of the passionate Leeds fans at Headingley.

“I know there are a lot of connections between the Knights and the Rhinos over the years but I haven’t spoken to Brian McDermott or Danny Buderus yet about the club as we have been trying to get the deal done, I’ll definitely be seeking any advice they can give me though.

“I have spoken to some good friends of mine, Brandon Lee and Tyson Gamble, who have been coached by Rohan and they say what a legend of a guy he is.

“His style of footie, I think, will suit the way I like to play and I knew from the moment we spoke on the phone that he was a coach I wanted to be associated with.”


Rohan Smith delighted to welcome Lachie Miller to Headingley

Rhinos coach Rohan Smith said: “Having spoken to people about Lachie, everyone speaks about him being well respected and highly regarded by those who have worked with him.

“He is a quick, broken-field runner who is gaining in experience all the time having come across to league from rugby union later in his career.

“I think he will fit in well with our squad for next season and the plans we have for our style of play moving forward.”

Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington added: “I would like to thank Newcastle Knights and Lachie’s management for helping make the deal possible especially given that he had one more year remaining on his Knights contract.

“It is important for us that we bring in the right people to strengthen not just the team but who fit our culture. He certainly fits that bill.”

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