New Leeds signing 'almost quit' Rugby League

New Leeds Rhinos signing Mitch Achurch says he almost quit rugby league 12 months ago. The 24-year-old Penrith Panthers forward has signed a four-year contract with the Rhinos after his potential was spotted by former Leeds favourite Matt Adamson.

"A year ago I was thinking about quitting the game. Playing footy wasn't paying the bills and I was living at home with my mum and dad. My dad runs a family sign-making business and I told him that I wanted to give it up and work with him. My family persuaded me to keep trying and I got a chance with Penrith, then got to play first grade and then Leeds got in touch."

– Mitch Achurch

Achurch is in England on a two-week reconnaissance to sort out accommodation before returning for pre-season training in November and will be a spectator at the Rhinos' Super League play-off semi-final at Wigan. Achurch has a British passport because his mother was born in London.