FOURTEEN GAMES, three trophies – that is the story of Mitch Garbutt’s season.
The Australian joined Rhinos from Brisbane Broncos in June and played in the team which won the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, league leaders’ shield and First Utility Super League Grand Final.
“I was very fortunate to come into a very good squad,” Garbutt said of his astonishing success rate.
“When I first came over my biggest aim was just to make the side because they were strong and playing such good rugby league.
“Thankfully the coach gave me an opportunity and showed some faith in me and that is something I will always be grateful for.
“It is unbelievable I have got three trophies already. I never thought that would happen when I came over.
“Wembley was amazing and being at Old Trafford for the Grand Final has been amazing. I think it will only be a few weeks into the off-season that I will be able to appreciate quite what I have achieved the last few months.
“I am so glad I came over. I was thinking about it for next year, but when I found out Leeds were interested I had no hesitation in coming over.”
Rhinos’ 22-20 Grand Final win over Wigan sent them through to a World Club Challenge meeting with Australian NRL winners North Queensland Cowboys, to be played at Headingley on Sunday, February 21, next year.
“I am excited about that,” Garbutt said. “They are a great team. Whenever two of the best teams in the world come together it is going to be a good game.
“Hopefully it will be a great game for the fans and for us. The Grand Finals on both sides of the world were incredibly close and that shows how great rugby league is. There is not much separating sides at the moment. It is a great sport to be involved in.”