Leeds Rhinos have announced they have given Jack Sinfield his first professional contract with the club.
The son of Leeds legend Kevin, Jack followed his dad’s footsteps in signing as a scholar for the Rhinos after impressing at Saddleworth Rangers.
The 16-year-old is also a halfback and a goal kicker.
Reacting to the news, he said: “It’s a dream come true. I can’t really believe it to be honest but I’m really happy and buzzing to have signed my first professional contract.
“It has been really exciting playing for the Academy this season, especially being able to play at Emerald Headingley Stadium as well has been brilliant and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
“The last year has been tough on all the scholarship lads. We didn’t have any games last year because of Covid but this year we have beaten everyone we have played so we’ve done really well.”
Head Coach Richard Agar added: “I’m really pleased that Jack has signed. Obviously because of his dad, there are going to be comparisons for Jack and he’s probably going to face that for his whole career.
“As a young player coming through, he has been sought after by a number of Rugby League and Rugby Union clubs, such is his skill set.
“He has a terrific temperament and absolutely loves the game. He’s thoroughly professional and trains incredibly hard. From a playing point of view, he kicks the ball well, but he’s an ‘on-the-ball’ number seven, which is different from when Kevin came through.
“I know he developed as a half back later on and throughout his career he played there a lot, but Jack is definitely in the mould of a traditional number seven that likes the ball in his hands and plays on the ball.”