Sutcliffe played a major part in helping Leeds secure their eighth Super League title at Old Trafford in October, finishing the season in superb individual form.
After playing a number of positions since breaking into the first-team squad in 2012, last season saw the 23-year-old make great career progress as he nailed down a place in the Rhinos’ centres.
Having become a regular in the Blue and Amber, Sutcliffe now wants to take his game to that next level and he is eyeing international honours in 2018.
“Everybody wants to represent their country,” he said. “It’s certainly one of my main aims but at the moment I’m not really looking that far ahead and I’m just looking at having a good pre-season and getting fit.
“There are many areas of my game I can improve on, but if I work hard and maintain good form throughout the season and that call-up comes then I will be delighted.”
As mentioned, Sutcliffe has previously played in a number of different positions but Joel Moon’s move from centre to the halves opened up a window of opportunity for the Hunslet Warriors product.
It was a chance that ‘Sutty’ grabbed with both hands and now he is looking to perfect the role after he was promoted to the club’s number 4 shirt for the new season.
“I know I played there throughout the back end of last year and I think now, coming into pre-season, I can really get to know the role properly and focus on the areas of my game I need to develop to play in the centres.
“It was pretty surprising really to be given the new squad number. I didn’t expect it and it was a bit of a reward I think going on the back of last year.
“I’m really looking forward to pulling on the new number and getting out there. I want to nail down the position, because I have got a lot of time now to hopefully improve on many areas of my game.”