Kettlewell's on the boil with Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed the signing of 18-year-old scrum-half Rory Kettlewell on a two-year-contract, the youngster admitting it's a "great feeling" to be joining Headingley Carnegie.

Kettlewell, who is originally from Ripon, played rugby union for Gloucester until last season before playing for Wigan on trial at the end of the 2010 season in the Warriors Academy side.

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The teen ace, who attended Sedbergh School before signing for Gloucester, has been training with the Rhinos first-team squad during pre-season as he looks to recover from a knee injury picked up while at Wigan.

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"I'm really pleased to have signed for Leeds," said Kettlewell. "I've been a Leeds fan since I was six, so to sign for the club is a great feeling.

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"Wigan's scouts spotted me when I was at school and then kept in touch when I was at Gloucester.

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"They invited me up for a trial last season and I really enjoyed playing rugby league. I enjoy the freedom to play and use your skills.

"My agent spoke to Leeds and I am really pleased to have signed for such a great club.

"Hopefully this year I can work hard on my skills and learn more about the transition from Union to League.

"It is great to train alongside someone like Rob Burrow, he has done it all in the game in my position and everyone has been very welcoming.

"There are quite a few young lads in the squad for pre-season and that

has helped me settle in.

"We are all going through the same things and it means you are not thrown in at the deep end.

"It is great being able to train full time and I know that will help me progress as a player."

Head coach Brian McDermott is delighted with Kettlewell's capture, especially with the youngster being a Yorkshire product and a lifelong Rhinos fan.

"Rory has been recognised by scouts as a player with outstanding potential and excelled at Wigan last season," said McDermott.

"However, there were limited opportunities for him at Wigan and at 18, Rory will help us with our progression planning for our squad in the years ahead.

"He is a nice young man and it was great to find out that he has been a fan of the club since he was young.

"Although he is relatively new to Rugby League, he has the base skills, like speed and elusiveness, which are great natural attributes for a young half-back."

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