England academy prospect signs full-time Leeds Rhinos contract

Teenage winger Liam Tindall has agreed a three-year full-time contract with Leeds Rhinos after impressing as part of the first team squad following their return to training from the coronavirus lockdown.

Friday, 7th August 2020, 7:00 am

Teenage winger Liam Tindall has agreed a three-year full-time contract with Leeds Rhinos after impressing as part of the first team squad following their return to training from the coronavirus lockdown.

The 18-year-old former Temple Moor School pupil joined Rhinos’ academy from the East Leeds community club as a centre before moving on to a wing.

A powerful runner, he played for England academy in 2019.

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Tindall said: “It has been a great experience training with the first team squad.

“It has been very intense, but there are quite a few younger lads in the group who have helped me plus senior players like Mikolaj Oledzki and Luke Gale have made the step up easier.

“I just need to try and do my best in training.

"I have grown up being a Leeds supporter and came through the scholarship and academy so it is fantastic to have earned a first team contract.”

Liam Tindall. Picture by Varley Picture Agency.

Tindall added: “ You know if you are good enough and work hard you will get your chance at Leeds.

“You just need to look at the team and see people like Harry Newman, Mik, Cameron Smith and Jack Walker to know that and that gives you a boost as a young player.”

Rhinos director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said: “We are delighted to have agreed with Liam his first full-time contract at the club.

“He has shown a great attitude since coming back in after the lockdown and impressed a lot of the coaches and players with his pace and strength.

Liam Tindall, left, at training with veteran Matt Prior, centre and fellow teenager Corey Hall. Picture by Varley Picture Agency.

“He is one of a number of young players who we have agreed long term contracts with and we will continue our aim of building a core of homegrown players supplemented by world class talent from outside the club.”

Sinfield insisted: “Liam is still only 18, but he has the right attitude to continue learning and developing and I am sure he will make the most of this opportunity.”

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