Leeds Rhinos: Burrow is excited to share new ‘rake’ role

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ROB BURROW is loving working with yet another hooker at Leeds Rhinos.

The diminutive ex-England star made the switch from scrum-half to the No9 role himself about five years ago, adding another string to his bow.

He has cut a niche as an impact player off the bench for Leeds, using his devastating pace and elusiveness to great effect against tiring defences.

During that time he has shared the job with the likes of ex-Australia captain Danny Buderus, Paul McShane and, for the last two seasons, Papua New Guinea ace Paul Aiton.

Aiton, though, has moved on to Catalans Dragons for 2016 meaning the Rhinos have brought in Gold Coast Titans rake Beau Falloon on a 12-month deal.

Burrow, 33, said: “It’s good we’ve got another new hooker in as I feel it always freshens things up.

“It’s good to have different styles of nines. I’m certainly different.

“I still don’t see myself as a hooker and I do play different to others but it’s nice to have that.

“Beau will bring his own unique style and version of how to play dummy-half.

“He’s settled in really well and is looking good.

“There’s been a few hookers here now in my time with Rhinos – Disko (Matt Diskin), Paul McShane, Bedsy (Buderus) and Paul Aiton.”

Buderus, of course, was a major capture for Leeds, the New South Wales captain arriving from Newcastle Knights in 2009 for a three-year stint with Diskin later moving on to Bradford Bulls.

Burrow recalled: “I’d started to play a bit of nine in Disko’s last season with us.

“I was still playing scrum-half but I think I filled in a bit there.

“It was great to learn from Bedsy, though.

“He’d played with people like Andrew Johns who was, without doubt, the world’s best player at the time.

“You pick things up watching Bedsy as a player but it was more just being around him; he never sat you down and said stuff as such it was more normal things that he might drop into conversation.

“He was a great player but a great bloke, too.”

Falloon, meanwhile, is one of three new signings for the champions along with fellow Aussie Keith Galloway and Huddersfield Giants prop Anthony Mullally.

“They’ve all settled in really well,” said Burrow, who has won seven Super League titles with the club since debuting in 2001.

“Leeds always do good welcomes for new players and they feel like they’re at home pretty quickly. That’s happened throughout my time here.”

He added: “Beau, Keith and Mullally have all been in for some time now and they’ll be wanting to play their best rugby here.”