Leeds have announced the signing of forward Toby Warren on a four-year deal from Championship club York City Knights.
The contract will keep him at Headingley Stadium until at leas the end of the 2026 season.
Warren, 19, was a latecomber to the sport and joined York’s foundation’s excel player development programme at 14.
“I am really excited about the future and the opportunity to join one of the biggest clubs in world rugby,” he said.
“I have really enjoyed the time I have spent on loan here over the last two years. It was always a club I wanted to be part of in the future.
“The lads are all great here and the coaches have really helped me. Chev Walker and Mark Butterill have really helped me as my coaches and I am excited to work with Rohan Smith now so I can kick on.
“I will always be grateful to the Knights for the help they have given me. They took me down when I was young kid who didn’t know too much about the game and allowed me to have the opportunity to come to the Rhinos and progress my game.
“The Championship is a great competition. I have been fortunate to play a few games in the Championship. It is a great way for young players to get into the professional game against first team me. I am thankful for the opportunity James Ford and York gave me.”
Leeds boss on Toby Warren signing
Leeds’ head coach Rohan Smith added: “We are delighted to have secured Toby on a long-term deal.
“I would like to thank York for their support of Toby. He is a player with real potential and I am looking forward to seeing how he develops over the next few years.
“He is aware that he has a lot of work still to do but he has a great attitude and willingness to learn.”