McDemott happy with how new boys are settling in at Leeds

Leeds coach Brian McDermott is very pleased with how the Rhinos’ new signings are blending into the squad.

NRL stars Beau Falloon and Keith Galloway are new to Leeds, but have already impressed McDermott with their professionalism.

Beau Falloon and Keith Galloway have settled in brilliantly into the group,” said McDermott.

“When you get new people into the club, particularly those who come from overseas, the first task for them is to fit into the group as individuals.

“They have done that really well. The club is great in helping them with our support network and I am looking forward to seeing what they can do on Boxing Day.”

Leeds face Wakefield at Headingley on Boxing Day in a friendly game which McDermott is eagerly anticipating.

“The squad are really keen to get a game under their belts,” the Leeds coach added.

“We are in the depths of pre-season and we have a group of men who can not wait to play on Boxing Day. We have been able to include ten of the Grand Final winning squad which is a real positive.

“Usually at this time of year we have got a few guys who are either recovering from post season surgery or dealing with injuries but we have got a reasonably healthy squad at present.

Liam Sutcliffe, Stevie Ward and Jamie Jones-Buchanan are on the road to recovery after serious injuries last season whilst Anthony Mullally is making good progress from the injury he suffered in the New Zealand game.

Brett Delaney is back home in Australia at present and will return to training with the England boys in the New Year.”

McDermott also hopes that the Boxing Day encounter can help to trigger some of the younger players to a higher level for 2016.

“At this stage last year, we looked at how Ash Handley and Ashton Golding played on Boxing Day and thought they showed promise,” he added.

“Now twelve months later we know they have delivered on that promise. They both played a lot of games last year, especially Ash Handley, at a very high level and I am sure they will see Boxing Day as another chance to re-affirm their place in the squad.

“They will play a part for us in 2016 and this is a great opportunity for them.

“It is an important part of pre-season over the next month. We are working a lot on how we want to play next year. The addition of Beau Falloon, Keith Galloway and Anthony Mullally and the emergence of some very talented young players has given us some great variety and options for how we would like to attack next season.

“Between Rob Burrow, Danny McGuire and Liam Sutcliffe with Jordan Lilley backing them up, we have some very pivotal people who will be key for us this year.”

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