Leeds Rhinos have announced the signing of Huddersfield Giants forward Anthony Mullally, 23, on a three year contract from the 2016 season.
Originally from Widnes, he came through the academy at his hometown club and made his debut aged 17. He moved to Brisbane Broncos. but returned to Widnes in 2012, winning promotion to the Super League. He joined Huddersfield Giants in 2013.
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 that I got the process finalised as quickly as possible.
We are pleased to have secured a player with the potential that 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.
Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow has agreed a new two year contract with the First Utility Super League leaders that will keep the 32-year-old at Headingley Carnegie at least until the end of the 2017 season.
Burrow has appeared in each of the Rhinos six Grand Final wins, winning the Harry Sunderland award as man of the match in the 2007 and 2011 victories. He also played a key role in the Rhinos Challenge Cup win last August at Wembley. He has made 423 appearances for the club putting him tenth in the all time list of appearances for the club and is one of only 13 players to ever score 1,000 points for the club.
It has been a fantastic time in my career to be part of the Leeds Rhinos team and I want that to continue. This is the best club in Rugby League and the only club I have ever known. I cannot imagine ever being anywhere else and, having grown up supporting the club, it makes it extra special that I will be able to start and finish my career here. That is something I have always wanted to do.
We are pleased to have agreed a new deal with Rob for the next two years. His commitment to the Rhinos and determination to succeed are great examples for any young player coming through the ranks. He remains a threat to all teams in Super League with his unique skills set and he has the ability to unlock any game, as we have seen on so many occasions before.
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Veteran Leeds prop Kylie Leuluai is facing the prospect of another six weeks on the sidelines after being told he needs shoulder surgery.
The 37-year-old New Zealander has not played since the Super League leaders' only defeat at Warrington a month ago but coach Brian McDermott his injury has now been properly diagnosed.
"We thought his biceps were the problem but he's actually got a bit of floating tissue in his shoulder which he's going to have cleaned out. He will be out for anything from between four to six weeks."
Leeds have been left short of options on the wing after Ryan Hall was ruled out for four weeks with a hand injury.
The England international has scored five tries in the first nine rounds of Super League but will have to watch on from the sidelines over the next month.
The Rhinos are already without Tom Briscoe, who is not expected to return until June as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
Ash Handley has proved an able deputy and the table-toppers are now set to hand an opportunity to another youngster, with Ashton Golding next in line.
Leeds head coach Brian McDermott said: "It is a massive shame for Ryan and a big blow to us, but we have dealt with and handled injuries well in the past and I am sure this will only serve to provide an opening for another of our hungry and keen academy products that have a huge desire to play for the Leeds Rhinos first team.
"Ryan will be out for four weeks. That is not enough time to get unfit but long enough to lose his sharpness if we don't manage that time well.
"He will keep fit and strong under the supervision of Jason Davidson and I am sure this will be beneficial to Ryan in the long run given he did not have as long a pre-season as the rest of the group because of his commitments with England."
The Rhinos this weekend come up against in-form Salford and former winger Ben Jones-Bishop, who left Headingley Carnegie after losing his place to Briscoe.