Leeds have promoted young centre Max Simpson to their first team squad on a four-year full-time contract.
The 17-year-old came through the club’s academy and has been given the number 28 shirt. He fills the void left at the Rhinos by Corey Hall, who has joined Wakefield on a two-year deal.
Leeds coach Richard Agar said: “Max is another product of our pathways system. He’s an extremely dedicated young man, with some real natural centres skills about him.
“His performances through scholarship and academy have been strong. His development through our system has been rapid and we expect he will thrive in a full-time environment.”
Max Simpson ecstatic to link up with Leeds first team
Simpson said: “I have been striving for this for a number years since I joined the scholarship and it is amazing to be joining the first team squad. My goal has always been to get into the first team squad and it is fantastic to get this opportunity.
“I have been a Rhinos fans since I was a child and watched the golden generation of players in so many finals, hopefully I can play may part in more success in the future for the club.
“I would like to thank my academy coaches Chev Walker and Mark Butterill who have given me so much support and advice to get to this stage and I can’t wait to get started.”
Corey Hall leaves Leeds for Wakefield return
Wakefield have signed young centre Corey Hall from Leeds.
Hall, 19, was previously with Trinity’s scholarship programme up until 2018.
He said: “I’m very excited to be back where I first started my professional career.
“I really appreciate being given the opportunity to come back and develop as a player under the coaching staff and I look forward to giving 100% in pre-season.
“I strongly believe that I have a good opportunity and that will be my driving force, to make sure I get the chance off Willie.”