The impressive signing of Aidan Sezer is a huge statement of intent from Leeds.
The Rhinos have pulled off a major coup in signing the Australian half-back from neighbours Huddersfield on a two-year contract from next year.
Sezer has been a breath of fresh air in Super League since linking up with the Giants from Canberra Raiders ahead of last season.
Injuries have restricted the 30-year-0ld to just seven appearances in 2021, but in his first full season with Huddersfield he was nothing short of sensational.
Sezer was a runner-up for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award in his first year in the UK in 2020, and he is a player who is worth paying the ticket money for alone. He is a box office player, and someone who everyone likes to watch.
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With Kyle Eastmond having already departed Headingley and Rob Lui leaving at the end of the season, it was expected that the Rhinos would look to bring a playmaker in and they have certainly put smiles on their fans’ faces with this morning’s announcement.
“I’m really excited about the move across,” Sezer said. “The Rhinos, in my opinion, are the biggest club in Super League so I’m looking forward to hopefully being part of a successful couple of years in my time here.
“Leeds are known for their fanbase and the enormity of the club so I’m looking forward to experiencing that as a player. The boys who have been here in the past have nothing but good things to say about the club so I’m looking forward to experiencing that as a player.
“Me and Richard (Agar) shared constant dialogue throughout the process. I’ve been really impressed with him as a bloke, he’s been really open and honest and I think me coming over will be a good environment for myself to play well.
“Back home, growing up watching Leeds teams of the past, I’m really excited to be joining the club and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
A half-back partnership of Sezer and captain Luke Gale is mouthwatering. The pair have an excellent kicking game – short and long – and they are both match-winners.
Scotland international Callum McLelland is off-contract with the club at the end of the season but if he stays at Headingley, then the Rhinos will have three very good half-backs within their ranks next season.
The Rhinos won their first piece of silverware since 2017 last year and you feel that more trophies could be on their way to Headingley with the arrival of Sezer.