Outstanding young winger Kiedan Hartley has wasted no time in agreeing a new contract at Hunslet which will keep him at the South Leeds Stadium for at least another year.

The 21-year-old, who can also operate effectively at fullback or centre, has made a huge impression since joining the Parksiders a couple of seasons ago, despite the impact of the Covid-19 lockdowns and, this year, a series of frustrating injuries.

He is now back to full fitness, however, and the East Leeds product, who was further nurtured at Leeds Rhinos Academy by Rob Burrow, to whom he pays huge tribute, enthused: “It’s an opportunity to play for a great local club and the next Betfred League 1 Rugby League season will, I’m sure be exciting.

“Alan’s already proved himself to be a very good coach since joining us three months or so ago, he’s putting together an enthusiastic young squad, and there’s a buzz developing about next season. I’m keen to play my part in that.”

Kilshaw said: “Kiedan has really impressed me in the short time I’ve been at the club. He has had to battle a few injuries but returned in some strong form at the back end of the year. I feel with a solid pre-season he can make one of the positions in the outside backs his own, and really kick on.”

He added: “Again, he fits the model we are working to – he’s young and locally based with massive potential.”