Leeds Rhinos head coach Dave Furner says his young prospects will play for the team if they are good enough. Rhinos, who sit second from bottom in the Super League table after a poor start to the season, had three teenagers in their side last week for their surprise 18-16 home loss to London Bronco.
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Jack Walker and Harry Newman played at full-back and centre respectively, while 18-year-old Tom Holroyd also featured at Headingley. Kallum Watkins has returned to their 19-man squad to travel to Catalans Dragons on Saturday, replacing Newman, but Walker and Holroyd will continue in the squad.
Despite the team not faring well so far, Furner is pleased with the progress of his young guns and says they, and potentially others, will get a chance if they are good enough. Furner said: “I imagine as a squad we are one of the youngest, mixed with some experienced players.
I like giving opportunities to young players. “Young Tom Holroyd came on last week and I imagine he could be a crowd favourite. If they are good enough, they are old enough, that’s the way I look at it.”