Rugby League: Sinfield Junior Stars on First Senior Leeds Appearance

Leeds Rhinos handed highly-rated rookie Jack Sinfield a senior debut in the Boxing Day friendly win over Wakefield Trinity.

Head coach Richard Agar has promoted 17-year-old Sinfield to the Rhinos’ senior squad ahead of the 2022 campaign and  he helped to create a try and kicked two conversions in a 15-minute cameo as Leeds won 34-6.

“It’s a great little story,” said Agar, who started with new signings Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer in the halves before Sinfield replaced the latter in the final quarter.

“Looking through a succession plan for us, we’ve got a lot of positions well covered although spine players is maybe not one of them.

“We’ve got tonnes of good full-backs coming through but in terms of sixes and sevens, we haven’t had any graduate over the last couple of years.

“We feel that Jack, in junior football, stood out.

“I said this last week, there is not massive expectation on Jack until he plays first-grade this year.

“We just felt getting him in with Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin – giving him a head start really – because we think he’s equipped with the skills and the temperament to push on and be a player who can we develop in that position within our club in an area where the stocks haven’t been as good as they have in other positions.”

Sinfield enjoyed his cameo appearance against Wakefield as he helped Leeds to win the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge trophy on his first senior outing for the club.

His name was cheered loudly by the South Stand when he came on in the 65th minute and again when he landed a superb conversion from near the touchline.

Sinfield looks a good bet to make his Super League debut this season and Agar added: “We didn’t plan on playing Blake or Aidan for the full eighty minutes.

“Jack has trained well in pre-season and we thought it was a good opportunity to give him a little taster of what it was all about, just to build his experience.

“He was very nervous before the game and it couldn’t have gone any better for him really.

“Obviously he played a part in setting a try up with a terrific pass, nailed a goal from the sideline and got a poke in the eye on the last play of the game.

“It was a good day for him and I thought the reception he got from the crowd would have made it a very special occasion for Jack and his family.”

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