Wigan Warriors sign Kruise Leeming from 2024 with long-term contract agreed

Drew Darbyshire
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Wigan Warriors have announced the signing of hooker Kruise Leeming on a four-year contract from next season.

The 27-year-old is currently plying his trade in the NRL for Gold Coast Titans since leaving Leeds earlier this season.

Leeming said: “I am absolutely delighted to sign for the Wigan Warriors from next season.

“When I spoke to Matt (Peet) and Kris (Radlinski) their ambition, standards and culture at the club really resonated with me.”

“I believe my best rugby is ahead of me and when the time comes I will give it everything to help the club achieve success on the field.”

Wigan Warriors boss delighted to secure the services of Kruise Leeming

Leeming came through the ranks at Huddersfield, where he made 122 appearances before moving to Leeds ahead of the 2020 season.

He has also won representative honours with England Knights and the Combined Nations All Stars.

Wigan coach Matt Peet said: “Kruise is an outstanding hooker who we believe will be a great fit for Wigan.

“We are delighted to secure him for what should be the best years of his career.

Warriors chief executive Kris Radlinski added: “Kruise is an exciting signing for the club and we are all looking forward to working with him.

“In our conversations, Kruise’s appetite to learn and to enhance the club on and off the field was very impressive.”

Leeming was born in Eswatini before moving to England at a young age, growing up in West Yorkshire.

He is a product of Huddersfield’s academy, making his first team debut back in 2013.

The dummy half went on to play 122 games for the Giants across seven seasons.

He linked up with Leeds ahead of the 2020 campaign, helping the Rhinos win the Challenge Cup in his first season at Headingley.

Leeming made 65 appearances for Leeds, captaining the Rhinos in last year’s Super League Grand Final defeat to St Helens at Old Trafford.

He left the Rhinos early on this season, where he joined NRL club Gold Coast Titans for the remainder of the campaign.

Leeming has scored one try in six games so far for the Titans, and will return to England with Wigan from next season.

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