Leeds Rhinos sign NRL playmaker with length of contract revealed

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Matt Frawley has signed for Leeds Rhinos from 2024

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed the signing of Australian half-back Matt Frawley from NRL side Canberra Raiders on a two-year deal from 2024.

The 28-year-old has made 52 appearances in the NRL with Canterbury Bulldogs and Canberra since his first-grade debut in 2017.

Frawley also spent a season in Super League with Huddersfield in 2019, playing 22 games for the Giants.

The Canberra-born half-back will play the rest of the NRL finals series with the Raiders before linking up with the Rhinos ahead of next season.

On his move to Headingley, Frawley said: “I am really excited to join Leeds and to have the opportunity to come over to the UK.

“I know I am joining a club that has big expectations for success and that is something that I am looking forward to being part of.

“I think the year I had in England when I was younger will be a massive advantage for me this time around as I know the country, the competition and what to expect and I want to pick up where I left off then.

“My fiancee and I love the city of Leeds and can’t wait to make it our new home. From a personal point of view, the chance to call Headingley my home stadium was a big factor in deciding to join the club and I can’t wait to run out in front of the home fans.

“I am an experienced player now and an organising half and I know that is what Rohan is looking for, to get our team around the park. I know the club has a crop of exciting young players and I want to help those guys come through as well as my own goals for my time at the club.

“I am looking forward to working with Rohan and the coaches. I have only heard good things about Rohan from people who have worked with him previously and we have had lots of chats already about the direction he wants the club to go in and I am excited to be part of that journey.”

Rohan Smith delighted to welcome Matt Frawley to Leeds Rhinos

Leeds head coach Rohan Smtih says he is delighted to secure the services of Frawley from next season.

Smith said: “Matt’s desire to come to the Super League competition really resonated with me.

“His game has matured and developed a lot over the last four years. He has worked with Jamal Fogarty and Jack Wighton at the Raiders which has helped his game improve.

“He is a very team orientated player who likes to get his hands on the ball which is what we were looking for.

“He is an organiser and wants to be part of our journey; he had done his homework on our team before we spoke and it was impressive to hear what he wants to bring to our group.

“He comes from a strong team environment at Canberra and I think he will facilitate others playing well around him as well as his own personal skills.”

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