Leeds Rhinos youngster hopeful of new contract


Liam Sutcliffe is hopeful he has done enough in his recent performances to secure a new contract at Leeds Rhinos, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

The half-back featured in the Rhinos' last seven matches - in which he scored five tries - and he believes that the game-time has helped him improve immensely as a player.

Sutcliffe, 18, is uncertain of his future but says they are working through a contract at the moment - although he admits he cannot be confident as to where he will be playing his rugby next season.

"We are just going through it (the contract) at the moment - we'll have to wait and see what's happening," Sutcliffe told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

He has definitely done himself no harm with his performances over the past few weeks and admitted that he took inspiration from Stevie Ward, who forced his way into the Leeds team last season.

The teenager is hoping he can have a similar impact and gain a permanent place in the side.

"With the form he was producing, they couldn't keep him out of the team," he said. "He is someone I've looked up to, thinking if I play well enough I might be in the team for the rest of the year. I've just tried to go on that basis."


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