Tom Holroyd has been one of the brightest prospects at Headingley and was developing into the future of the Leeds Rhinos front row alongside Mikolaj Oledzki.
However, Holroyd didn’t play a game for the Rhinos in 2022.
He copped a nasty pre-season injury, as he did in 2021, and missed the first half of the year. When he returned, he joined Bradford Bulls on a short term loan to build his fitness and received a 10-match ban for punching.
His ban ended with a matter of games to play but Rohan Smith then revealed that Holroyd had undergone surgery.
So, when Holroyd plays in 2023 it will be for the first time in a Leeds shirt since 2021.
Speaking, to the Rhinos YouTube channel, he opened up on how glad he is to be back: “Yeah it’s great to be back, all the other lads are in. It’s a pleasure to be back in. I’ve been working hard to get to this point.”
He also revealed that the surgery was a success: “I couldn’t hope for much better really, the pain is non-existent and the movement is good, I’m ready for a good year.
“It’s a fresh start that I needed after the year I had.”
Holroyd missed out on Leeds’ amazing run to the Grand Final last year and he acknowledged that the goal is to of course win the decider in 2023, but unlike most who simply describe it as a goal, he said it was something the Rhinos have “got to” do: “We’ve got to go that one step further and actually win it. It all starts now.”