Leeds centre Jack Broadbent heads to the Championship on loan

Jack Broadbent Leeds Rhinos

Promotion-chasing Championship club Featherstone have signed Leeds centre Jack Broadbent for the remainder of the season.

The 21-year-old has made five first team appearances for the Rhinos in 2022. He is out of contract at the end of the season and has long been linked with a move to Castleford for next season.

England Knights international Broadbent previously had a loan spell with Featherstone in 2019. He could make his second debut for Rovers in Sunday’s clash with his hometown club Batley.

Featherstone chief executive Martin Vickers commented: “We’re pleased to be adding a player of Jack’s ability to the squad.

“Jack has a very bright future ahead of him, we’ve seen that clearly from his performances in a Leeds shirt as well as in an England Knights shirt last year.”

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Leeds have recently welcomed back centre Harry Newman and full-back Jack Walker from long-term injuries.

In addition, in April the Rhinos re-signed Zak Hardaker, who can play centre and full-back for the remainder of the season which has limited opportunities for Broadbent.

Rhinos coach Rohan Smith said: “We would like to wish Jack all the best at Featherstone.

“He is a young player who needs game time against quality opposition and this is a good opportunity.”

Broadbent will link up with Brian McDermott’s squad on Monday evening for his first training session with the Rovers.

In total, Broadbent scored nine tries in 22 appearances for Leeds since making his first team debut in 2020.

The promising centre, who can also play full-back or back-row, played three games for Featherstone on loan in 2019. He also scored three tries in 11 games for Batley whilst on loan in the same season.

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