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Former Leeds Rhinos star joins shock club

Former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers second-row Alex Sutcliffe has joined a new club. Born in 1999, Sutcliffe was one of a host of young players who made their Leeds debuts all together against Wigan Warriors in 2017 alongside Harry Newman as well as Mikolaj Oledzki who made his Super League debut that night having featured in the Challenge Cup before.

Sutcliffe can play centre or second-row and helped guide Featherstone Rovers to the Championship Grand Final in 2019 alongside fellow Leeds loanee Callum McLelland. In 2020, he was a shock inclusion in the Challenge Cup Final side for Leeds ahead of both Cameron Smith and Tom Holroyd who had played in the semi-final against Wigan.

But at the end of 2021 he joined Castleford Tigers on a two year deal but at the end of that deal he joined Halifax Panthers on loan but in 2024 he won’t be at the Jungle or Halifax but instead Doncaster.

He has agreed to sign for Doncaster on a one-year deal after five seasons in Super League as well as a brief stint in the Championship in 2019.

The 2020 Challenge Cup winner made his Super League debut for Leeds Rhinos back in 2017, going on to make appearances for Castleford Tigers with a stint at Betfred Championship side Featherstone Rovers in between.

The Wakefield born centre arrives at the Eco-Power Stadium with plenty of high level experience whilst still only being 24-years-old.

“All I’ve heard is good things about Doncaster and the real togetherness and family feel the club has,” Sutcliffe said. “You play your best rugby when you’re in a positive and happy environment.

“I always try to bring hard work and do all of the little things, not always the flashy stuff but getting involved and cleaning up after people.”

The 24-year-old started his career with Leeds Rhinos adding a Challenge Cup medal to his achievements before moving to Featherstone Rovers in 2019 on loan. Sutcliffe later moved to Castleford Tigers gaining further Super League experience.

Dons chief executive Carl Hall said: “We’ve been tracking Alex for a while now and we’re really pleased to finally have him on board at the Dons. He will fit in well with the group we have here both on and off the field. Chris Plume knows him from his time at Leeds Rhinos and made us aware of him as soon as he became available.”

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