What is the point of buying him then ??
Will he go the way of Michael Coady - certainly looks that way ??
Its come home to roost at Headingley - why have the finest Academy set up , attracting the best young talent when they never bring them through?? I could name a team of Leeds Academy lads who have had to move away to Super League teams to be a success as Leeds seem intent on paying stupid money to ageing Aussies !!
What is the point of signing Zack and then loaning him back - old boys helping each other?? Tell me ??
Erm....possibly becasue the lad is 18 and has only played 22 games of Championship rugby in his entire career to date. Its quite likely that he'd get pounded if they stuck him in the first team straight away. Better to let him develop for another season in a competitive league than put him up against the big guns immediately and face being targeted week in, week out. Its only the same as NRL clubs signing up young talent and letting them develop at their own pace in one of their Queensland Cup partner clubs for a season or too.
You really don't think Leeds bring any players through from their Academy? I suggest you look at the SL sides they have put out in recent seasons. The majority of players in their team actually come through the Headingley Academy system. In the case of Coady, they liked what they saw and took the chance to give a promising player an opportunity, which is hardly a bad thing for the game? If he doesn't make the grade with them, I'm sure the skills and habits he's picked up there will benefit another club.
Maybe you need to remove your anti-Rhinos tinted spectacles.