Leeds new boy Konrad Hurrell determined to do everything with a smile

And being hungry to impress will not wipe the smile from his face – just being hungry does!

The Tongan centre switched from NRL side Gold Coast Titans but insisted he is not a marquee signing – fellow newcomers Trent Merrin and Tui Lolohea deserve that title.

One thing is certain, Rhinos fans will have a new hero as Hurrell is known as a laugher and a joker as well as being a devastating centre.

And that spirit, as well as modesty, could see him become an integral part of new boss David Furner’s bid to restore them to Super League’s summit.

When asked what wipes the smile off his face, the 27-year-old said: “Maybe when I’m hungry.

“But one thing I’ve learned is to never take anything for granted and I couldn’t help but smile at getting this opportunity.

“I feel like I’ve been here for months. The club has really been looking after me and the players have been terrific. I can’t find a reason to not smile.

“In my head it’s just the same as in the NRL and I just see myself as a normal player. Leeds had some terrific players here anyway and I’m still learning off them.

“Kallum Watkins is an amazing centre and I’m picking things up off him. I just see myself as just another player who’s come in and is hungry to win a title.

“I need to forget about the hype. I’ve not done anything for Leeds yet. I’ve got to earn the players’ respect, the club’s respect and my jersey.”

Hurrell, who misses today's clash with Wakefield because of a thigh injury, is not the only new face as Leeds transformed their squad from last season’s under-achievers, who went from champions to fighting relegation.

Tongan half-back Lolohea and Aussie back-rower Merrin have also boosted the squad under Furner, who arrived from being an assistant at South Sydney having worked with all three at international level.

And Lolohea and prop Nathaniel Peteru will find themselves playing as important a role off the field as on it.

Hurrell added: “Seeing familiar faces makes the move easier. I played alongside Tui in New Zealand and we developed together in the Under-20s there. Having players I played with makes it all a bit easier.

“There’s Nate too, who I played with at the Warriors and the Titans. I’ve been really close to him for a while.

“That helped me decide to come. I’ve not brought my partner with me and I’ve no family here, so seeing them out there means they can be my close family here and they can look after me.”

Leeds' fightback starts with today’s friendly with Wakefield and while he hopes to become an on-field star, he will also be as involved away from the Headingley pitch.

He said: “Giving back to the community is one thing I’m really passionate about.

“You only get to play for a certain amount of time and young kids look up to you, so I want to do my best to give something back to the people and give my time to them.

“They support me and they support the team, so I’m looking to give something back to them.”

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