After moving off the bottom of the super league table with a 31-12 win over Catalan Dragons at the weekend, the Headingly club have annouced their third signing in a week with the news that Papua New Guinea international back rower Rhyse Martin will be joining them with immediate effect.
The 26 year old goal kicking forward has left NRL side Canterbury Bulldogs to sign a two and a half year deal with the super league side as they look to pull themselves out of the relegation battle with London Bronco’s and Hull KR with less than ten games remaining.
Martin kicked 36 goals from 38 attempts in his debut season making 14 appearances and crossing the try line four times. He has continued to impress this season with another 13 goals to his name.
Bulldogs Chief executive Andrew Hill praised Martin who turned down a contract extension with the NRL club, for his effort during his time at the Bulldogs as he told Australian press
“Rhyse is an excellent young man and when he came seeking a release from his contract yesterday to take up a longer deal in Super League, we decided not to stand in his way,
Speaking to the Leeds club’s website Martian who has 25 first grade appearances with the Bulldogs explained how we came very close to joining the side last year and how;
“The club have kept me in their plan’s and I am pleased things have now worked out. He continued to say, “The team are in a tough position at the moment. I want to come over and hopefully play my part in getting Leeds back where we want to be,”
From a Leeds Rhino’s point of view the clubs Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said;
“We are pleased to have secured Rhyse. He is a talented player who will add to our squad.
He enjoyed an impressive debut season in the NRL last season and is keen to be part of the Rhinos squad as we build towards the future. He is an international and a consistent goal kicker who will bring competition to our squad.”