Marley Leuluai – son of Leeds Rhinos great Kylie – has signed his first contract with Premier League club Burnley FC.
Signing on his 17th birthday, the defender has signed a deal with the Clarets until the summer of 2026, just months after arriving from football giants Manchester City.
Leuluai junior was born in Leeds in 2006 when their father Kylie, a former Samoan international, was just beginning his nine-year title spell with Leeds.
A regular for Burnley’s under-18s since his arrival, he has also played with their under-21 side, captaining the young New Zealand under-17s at the international level.
He helped the Kiwis to qualify for the Under 17 World Cup last season, and he will wear the belt in the finals of the tournament which will start tomorrow (November 10) in Indonesia.
Placed in Group F, New Zealand’s first group game is on Sunday (November 12) where they will face Venezuela. They will also face Mexico and Germany, the top two nations who advanced to the knockout stages, and the top four third-placed teams.
Kyle Leuluai’s son Marley signs first Premier League contract
Former City star Marley was joined at the Burnley Training Center by his mum and dad, as well as his two younger brothers, when he signed the contract.
The defender wears a ulafala – a traditional Samoan necklace – as he represents his heritage during a Turf Moor shirt signing.
After signing his first professional contract, Leuluai said: “It’s a dream come true for my first professional contract. It’s really, I can’t say much, a dream.
“I think it’s been a really good transition, to be honest, I’ve joined the Burnley school. The style of play we are trying to play; I’ve been playing that all my life, so it’s been a really nice transition and I’m loving every minute of it. It’s been really good so far.”
Ahead of this month’s World Cup, the hot prospect added: “I am very happy, representing your country in the World Cup is a dream again.
“I’ve got an exciting few weeks coming up, so I can’t wait.”