Murrell makes a move to play first team rugby

TALENTED young stand off Scott Murrell has left the Super League and Leeds Rhinos to drop down a division with ambitious Hull KR.

The 20-year-old former Drighlington ARLFC junior agreed personal terms with Rovers this week and is looking for regular first team rugby after finding internationals Danny McGuire and Kevin Sinfield ahead of him in the pecking order at Headingley.

A fee believed to be 15,000 has been paid for the son of former Leeds Challenge Cup winner Bryan Murrell.

Scott joined the Rhinos in 2002 from Drighlington and was a tourist with the highly successful Great Britain Academy team that triumphed in Australia in 2004.

He made his first team debut for Leeds last season against Leigh at Headingley in May, having made three appearances on loan at London in Super League in 2004.

There were two years remaining on his contract, but several clubs showed interest in acquiring his services and it is is Hull KR who came up with the best offer.

"I went to Leeds Academy when I was 16 and had two years before getting into the first team squad where I have had two more years, but I felt I needed more first team time," explained Murrell.

"The first training session went very well and everyone has made me really welcome. The facilities are great and now I can't wait to get playing.

"It's just a case of getting in the training and being ready for the start of the season. It can't come soon enough.

"I don't mind where I play so long as I get a game. I'd turn out at prop if asked!"

Murrell is teaming up again with three other former Rhinos Academy players with Tommy Gallagher, Dwayne Barker and Jason Netherton already at the club.

His new coach, Justin Morgan, is delighted with the signing: "The thing about Scott was that when we first started looking for a stand off he was not available. So there was no point in pursuing the matter and that is why we sort of canvassed the world.

"I would like it to be known Scott was certainly my number one choice for stand off and I expect him to be a hit with us. He will definitely be a stand-out performer in this division.

"For a half-back he is very aggressive in defence, he has great hands and very good organisational skills."

After agreeing the sale, Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington said: "We offered Scott a number of options for the start of the season, which included remaining at Headingley. However, he has opted for a fresh challenge at Hull KR and he goes with the best wishes of everyone at Headingley."

Murrell will certainly go in at the deep end as he will play in the Humberside pre-season Derby fixture at the KC Stadium on Sunday, January 8.

He is the latest product of the highly successful Drighlington ARLFC junior set-up to look to make a make at a professional level and is the brother of Gareth who recently signed for Hunslet Hawks.