Super League: Leeds Rhinos youngster Elliot Minchella signs new deal
Last Updated: 18/12/13 11:28am
Brian McDermott: Says Elliot Minchella is "one for the future"
England Academy forward Elliot Minchella has signed a new three-year contract with Leeds Rhinos.
The 17-year-old made a try-scoring debut in the club's 42-16 victory at Salford City Reds in August and has been training with the first team, despite not being handed a squad number for the 2014 campaign.
Leeds head coach Brian McDermott has earmarked Minchella as one for the future and highlighted the versatility he can offer to the team.
"He's a good defender and also good with the ball, a strong carrier and he can play in the middle or on the edge."
McDermott on Minchella
"He has got a good chance. Like Alex Foster he is pretty much an all-rounder," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"He's a good defender and also good with the ball, a strong carrier and he can play in the middle or on the edge.
One for the future
"At such a young age he has played first team already and he's one for the future."
Minchella himself admitted he is delighted to be offered a new deal.
"I had a good year and it is nice to get rewarded for that," he said. "Hopefully, I can crack on this season and get one or two games, but my focus is more on the U19s.
"I want to have a strong year for them and see what we can do.
"This season my aim is to get a few games, but it's still a bonus. I am still only young and I've got my feet on the ground. I will be patient."