CLUB LEGEND Kevin Sinfield has predicted a bright future for Leeds Rhinos teenager Jordan Lilley.
Lilley, 19, has made four appearances for Rhinos this year and also featured in the Kingstone Press Championship on dual-registration with Hunslet Hawks.
“He has gone well,” Sinfield said of the former Stanningley junior, who was an unused substitute in last Friday’s win over Huddersfield Giants.
“I think it is a huge positive for us that we’ve got somebody like that coming through, especially with all the changes that are going to happen next year in the halves and at hooker. He has got a brilliant future.”
Sinfield will leave Rhinos to join rugby union sister club Yorkshire Carnegie at the end of this season and hooker Paul Aiton is also among the departing players, heading for Catalans Dragons on a three-year contract. With veteran props Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai hanging up their boots after the current campaign, Sinfield said it is important Rhinos blend youth and experience into their squad for 2016.
“There’s some experienced players with big roles to play at the club, the likes of Danny Mags [McGuire] and Rob [Burrow] and it’ll be interesting to see whether there’ll be another addition,” Sinfield said. “There’s some good players emerging and the club needs talented home grown players coming through the system.”