Brad Dwyer has become one of Leeds Rhinos’ most consistent players over the years since making the move back in 2018.
Since then, the diminutive hooker has played over 100 games for the West Yorkshire club, but has been in and out of the Leeds side since new head coach Rohan Smith took over.
However, Dwyer returned to the starting line-up as the Rhinos put bitter rivals Castleford Tigers to the sword at the Magic Weekend up in Newcastle.
“It was nice to be out there, back being a rugby player, I spoke before about being grateful about playing for this club and to take that chance with both hands,” Dwyer told Rhinos TV.
“To do that at Magic Weekend and wear that kit (for Rob Burrow) was really special and it’s something I’m really proud to have done.”
Alongside Dwyer, the Rhinos have Corey Johnson, Jarrod O’Connor and Kruise Leeming competing for that hooker spot, but the former is determined to make his mark.
“There is a bit of versatility in there as well, we’ve got loads of spine numbers which we’ve not really had over the years.
“It’s difficult to be missing out some weeks but this is where you want to be, you want to be challenging the top clubs.
“That strength in depth will keep us all pushing on and getting the best teams out there and if I am playing it means I am playing well.
Dwyer is out of contract at the end of the year and much has been made of his future, with speculation linking him with a move to St Helens and Salford Red Devils falling flat.
Having said that, the 29-year-old is keen to focus on his rugby first and foremost.
“I just want to play well every week and if I do that then everything else will take care of itself.
“I’m 29 now and I’ve been doing it a while – I just need to focus on training well and playing well and seeing where that takes me, but I’m pretty open.”