Leeds Rhinos legend Barrie McDermott believes Mikolaj Oledzki can dominate Super League for the next decade if he resists the lure of the NRL.
The Poland-born prop was this week named in the Super League Dream Team for the first time in an impressive season that is expected to end with England honours at the World Cup.
And McDermott, a Headingley cult hero because of his aggressive and confrontational front-row play in the nineties and noughties, believes Olędzki is one of the finest forwards in the British game.
“I would have loved to have played in the same team as Mik as I know he’s a fantastic team-mate and can be the cornerstone of the Rhinos pack for the next 10 years,” McDermott told Love Rugby League.
“I love watching him because he uses his size and raw power to outstanding effect.
“He has a defence-scattering running game and is a ferocious tackler. He is fit, fast, agile and I see his game and skillset evolving each year he plays.”
Mikolaj Oledzki hungry for silverware
Olędzki, 24, is contracted at the Rhinos for the next three years and has spoken of his desire to win more silverware with the club, having won a solitary Challenge Cup in 2020.
“I’m at a point in my career now where I’m really hungry for some silverware. I want it to be with Leeds who are building a really great team,” he said.
“I’ve not had many trophies in my first few years. But we have a lot of young talent coming through now with the enthusiasm to win some silverware.
“There is something special building. I’m really happy at Leeds and excited to see what the next three years bring.”
Love Rugby League understands that Olędzki has ambitions to move to Australia and test himself in the NRL when the time is right. However, he is determined to establish himself as a regular England international and fire Leeds to success over the next three seasons.
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