Leeds director of rugby Kevin Sinfield has named ten young young players in the squad he believes are capable of cementing their places in the first team in the months and years ahead.
Jordan Lilley was a high-profile departure from the Rhinos in 2019, while several other young players have left the club in recent years to further their careers elsewhere.
But Sinfield is confident that the latest group can produce the stars capable of bring silverware back to Headingley.
He said: “This a very exciting group of young players with unquestionable talent.
“Obviously, with the re-introduction the reserve team this season, we are confident they will grow together over the next few years and enjoy bright futures at the club as they develop alongside the senior players at the club.
“Mikolaj Oledzki and Cameron Smith have been knocking on the door for a couple of years and now have the chance to cement their place in the first team squad.
“Corey Johnson, Callum McLelland, Alex Sutcliffe, Tom Holroyd and Muizz Mustapha all have made their first team debuts now and along with Sam Walters, Dan Waite Pullan and Jack Broadbent spent time on loan in the Championship last season.”
Sinfield also has discussed the vacant numbers – 20 and 21 – on the Rhinos squad list, and confirmed the club could yet add to its ranks.
He said: “With regards keeping two spots open at this stage, Richard is happy with how the group as a whole are progressing in pre-season but we will continue to work in the market to find the right people to fit into our squad and environment.
“It is important that we get players who have an unflinching passion to play for the club but who also help set the standards for these young men to follow.”