New Leeds Rhinos signing Mitch Achurch admits he almost quit rugby league
New Leeds Rhinos signing Mitch Achurch has admitted he almost quit 12 months ago but his career has since taken off.
Last Updated: 28/09/12 11:01am
The 24-year-old Penrith Panthers forward has signed a four-year contract with the defending Super League champions after his potential was spotted by former Leeds favourite Matt Adamson.
Achurch, who has a British passport because his mother was born in London, is in England on a two-week reconnaissance to sort out accommodation before returning for pre-season training in November.
He will be a spectator at the Rhinos' Super League play-off semi-final at Wigan on Friday, which is being screened live on Sky Sports 2 HD at 8pm.
The 6st 5in, 18st Achurch, who has also played for North Queensland Cowboys, told the Rhinos' official website: "My career has taken off in the last 12 months.
"A year ago I was thinking about quitting the game. Playing footy wasn't paying the bills and I was living at home with my mum and dad.
"My dad runs a family sign-making business and I told him that I wanted to give it up and work with him.
"My family persuaded me to keep trying and I got a chance with Penrith, then got to play first grade and then Leeds got in touch."