Adam Cuthbertson: Peacock tips Leeds prop to be 'one of the best'

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Cuthbertson and 'kids' fire Leeds

Prop Adam Cuthbertson's bright Super League start suggests he could be "one of the best" Leeds Rhinos imports, according to team-mate Jamie Peacock.

Cuthbertson, 30, has scored three tries in six games for the Rhinos since his winter move from NRL side Newcastle.

"He's one of the best signings we've had, he fits straight into the team," forward Peacock told the BBC's Super League Show.

"He's brilliant, he's a great worker but has great touches with the ball."

Some famous Australians such as Danny Buderus, Eric Grothe senior and Andrew Ettingshausen have worn Leeds' colours.

Forward Cuthbertson, who was born in Manly, New South Wales, is qualified for England and can also play in the back-row.

He was the Rhinos sole signing last winter in preparation for the 2015 season.

"He's just embraced the game, being in the country and he gets on with things," Peacock continued.

"He's a proven try scorer, he practiced the move for the try with Paul Aiton [in the home win against Wigan] about 20 times - that's the sign of his willingness to work hard."

One of the key reasons head coach Brian McDermott has resisted bringing in imports is the emergence of young Leeds talents such as Brad Singleton, Ash Handley, Liam Sutcliffe and Ashton Golding.

Sutcliffe, Stevie Ward and Singleton have all waited patiently for their chance, spending time away from Headingley on dual registration, and have taken their opportunities this season.

Four of Leeds' star imports
Danny Buderus: Former New South Wales and Australia captain Buderus came from Newcastle where he and Andrew Johns were a formidable duo, to light up the Leeds side between 2009 and 2011. He bowed out of Super League after the 2011 Grand Final win against St Helens, returning to Newcastle.Ali Lauitiiti: New Zealand international Lauitiiti was a star name with the New Zealand Warriors in his native country, helping the club to the 2002 NRL Grand Final and was named back-rower of the year for the competition the same season. Was a big part of the Rhinos success between 2004 and 2011.
Eric Grothe Sr: Grothe, AKA 'The Guru', was a star for club, country and state. He was a foil to one of the greatest halves pairings of all time - Brett Kenny and Peter Sterling - at Parramatta, played in the Kangaroos 1982 'Invincibles' tour of Great Britain and was part of two New South Wales Origin wins.Andrew Ettingshausen: 'E.T.' remains one of the all-time top scorers in Australian first-grade rugby with 165 career club tries. He was also the scourge of Great Britain in the late 1980s and early 1990s, notably punishing the Lions with a try in Ashes Second Test victory at Old Trafford in 1994.

"We've got a number of players who have two or three years experience now and this is the time to make the breakthrough," said Peacock.

"You can tell by the way they trained in pre-season - they absolutely want to be in the starting line-up.

"They want my shirt or the shirt of the person in front of them and it's great to see that desire and will."

Warrington coach Tony Smith spent four years as head coach at Headingley between 2004 and 2007, winning Grand Finals and a World Club Challenge title, and worked with members of the current side such as Danny McGuire, Kevin Sinfield, Rob Burrow and Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

Those players are now in their thirties, coming toward the end of their careers, and the need to find their replacements will be key to sustaining the Rhinos success.

"Some of the younger players Leeds have been bringing through and blooding are looking more and more at home," Smith said.

"It's all part of it, and there is a transition, there's a time some of our great players have to come to an end of their career.

"They've got some terrific young players coming through and that will make it easier for them to make that transition."

You can see every try from every round on the Super League Show which is available on the BBC iPlayer.

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