England Knights prop Tom Holroyd, 20, has signed a new four year contract with Leeds Rhinos that will keep the former Siddal junior at Headingley until at least the end of the 2025 Betfred Super League season.
Holroyd broke into the Rhinos first team in 2018 making his debut against St Helens in his first year in the academy. He established himself in the squad in 2020 and has now made 29 appearances for the club, scoring his first two tries of his career in 2021.
He is delighted to have agreed a long term deal with his beloved Rhinos, he revealed, “I am buzzing to get the new deal agreed, I have wanted it for a long time but I am really happy now. I am ready to push on and hopefully leave my mark on the first team. I am committing to the squad and I want to do big things for Leeds. There is a lot of drive at the club at the moment, we are aiming for big things and I don’t think we will stop until we get there.
“It is a big thing for me to sign a long term contract with the club. It has been a dream of mine and I want to play for Leeds for a long time into the future. I love this team and want to be part of it. Every time I pull on the Leeds jersey it gives me goosebumps because playing for this club is all I’ve ever wanted to do. When I play at Headingley and hear the crowd roaring, it’s a special sight and a massive inspiration,” added Holroyd.
Holroyd missed the start of last season after suffering a fracture in his leg but he is looking forward to benefitting from a full pre-season with the Rhinos ahead of the 2022 campaign. He added, “We are settling into pre-season now. We have got a few new faces, whether that is new signings or lads being promoted from the academy. It is important that we create a base and we can then start to build towards the start of the season.
“We have got some good young lads who will hopefully keep us on our toes for a number of years. Everyone has something to prove each pre-season. I want to be playing on Boxing Day against Wakefield so I can show the coaching staff that I am ready to kick on and make 2022 mine.
“We have made some quality signings to add to what is already a good team and hopefully that means we are challenging for trophies like we need to be,” remarked Holroyd.
Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Richard Agar commented, “Tom is still very young in terms of a front rower but he has showed us his immense promise with his performances last year. He would be the first to admit that he still has a lot to build on and improve in his game but he has a great attitude and has worked hard on himself in the last few seasons. We think he can go a long way in the game and I am delighted he has signed his new deal to keep him at the Rhinos.”