Leeds Rhinos sign forward Mullally from rivals Giants

Anthony Mullally.
Anthony Mullally.
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IRISH INTERNATIONAL forward Anthony Mullally has become Leeds Rhinos’ first signing for 2016.

The 23-year-old pack man has signed for Rhinos less than a week after playing for Huddersfield Giants against them in a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth round tie at Headingley.

He said: “It is great to have agreed a three-year contract with a club like the Rhinos, with all the success they have had over recent years.

“Huddersfield have been very good to me so I wanted to make sure I got the process finalised as quickly as possible.

“I have spoken to a number of people who know the Rhinos club and everything I have heard is very positive.

“I am looking forward to being part of that culture.

“Once May 1 came around and I could speak to other clubs I was keen to get my future sorted so I can focus on the remainder of my time with Huddersfield.”

Mullally added: “I live in Headingley already and I know a few of the boys, especially Brett Delaney and I played against Kallum Watkins a lot when we were youngsters so hopefully it will not take long to settle in.”

Rhinos coach Brian McDermott sees Mullally as a player for the future.

He said: “We are pleased to have secured a player with the potential Anthony has.

“We have seen first hand the impact he can have on a game and I am looking forward to working with him from next season.”

Mullally came through the academy ranks at his hometown club Widnes Vikings, having signed professionally from the Widnes Moorfield amateur club and made his debut in 2009, aged 17. He spent time at Brisbane Broncos before returning to Widnes following their promotion to Super League in 2012, making a further ten appearances off the bench. The following year he joined Huddersfield Giants, making 10 appearances in his first season.

He finished the 2013 season as part of the Ireland World Cup squad, appearing as a substitute against England and Fiji before starting against Australia in the final pool game.

He made six appearances on loan at Bradford Bulls last season, before another dozen for Huddersfield.

Last night’s 24-16 win at Castleford Tigers was his 12th for Giants this year.