LEEDS RHINOS have moved to start filling the void left by Jamie Peacock’s impending departure by signing prop Anthony Mullally from Huddersfield Giants.
The Ireland forward will join at the end of the season on a three-year deal.
Super League leaders Rhinos, who host Hull KR tonight, have had a good look at the player – he featured against them in Saturday’s Challenge Cup victory over Giants – and coach Brian McDermott sees a great prospect.
Standing at six foot, five inches, Mullally, 23, is a rangy front-row who was viewed as a prodigious talent when starting out at hometown Widnes Vikings.
He had a year’s development with Brisbane Broncos while still a teenager before returning to Widnes when they arrived back in Super League, joining Huddersfield ahead of 2013.
However, he has not developed like some would have hoped at the Giants, where he has played a dozen times this year, nor truly cemented a regular spot.
But McDermott said: ““We are pleased to have secured a player with the potential Anthony has.
“We’ve seen first-hand the impact he can have on a game. I’m looking forward to working with him from next season.”
Mullally said: “It is great to have agreed a three year contract with a club like the Rhinos with all the success they have had over recent years.
“Huddersfield have been very good to me so I wanted to make sure that I got the process finalised as quickly as possible.
“Once May first came round and I could speak to other clubs, I was keen to get my future sorted so I can focus on the remainder of my time with Huddersfield.
“I live in Headingley already and I know a few of the (Leeds) boys, especially Brett Delaney.
“Also, I played against Kallum Watkins a lot when we were youngsters so hopefully it will not take long to settle in.”
Meanwhile, fit-again Leeds star Ryan Hall admits securing the League Leaders’ Shield is high on their list of priorities.
They are two points out in front at the top. Hall said: “We are grounded blokes and there’s a long way to go before we can think about being league leaders.
“But we haven’t done it since 2009 and over the last six years we’ve been poor in the league.
“It’s not really something to be proud of, coming fifth and then being crowned champions at the end. We want to put that right.”
“We want to come first and be proud of the way we’ve played week-in and week-out.”