HUDDERSFIELD Giants prop Anthony Mullally knows he has “big boots” to fill when he moves to Leeds Rhinos.
His switch to Headingley at the end of the season was confirmed last week.
The Ireland international, 23, is set to help Leeds deal with the retirements of ex-England captain Jamie Peacock and Samoan giant Kylie Leuluai.
“I think that’s one of the reasons they brought me in,” said Mullally, who has signed a three-year deal.
“They are probably looking at bringing in another front-rower as well, but they are big boots to fill.
“I am a young prop, not an experienced player and I am not the answer to Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai.
“I am going to play as well as I can and do everything I can in pre-season and the friendly games to get that shirt.”
He lives in Headingley and revealed he used to joke about joining the six-time Grand Final winners but did not believe the dream move would ever come true.
“When a team like Leeds came in for me, I never expected it,” said ex-Widnes forward Mullally, who was offered a new deal by Huddersfield.
“I used to joke about it, saying I’d love to sign for Leeds, but I didn’t think I would.
“I was happy at Huddersfield, but when Leeds came knocking, I jumped at it.
“It is good to get my future sorted and now I can just focus on finishing the season with the Giants.
“I want to get as many games as I can for Huddersfield and finish strongly, so I can repay them for the last few years,” he added.