Leeds sign Papua New Guinea back-rower from the NRL

James Gordon

Leeds have strengthened their squad with the signing of back-rower Rhyse Martin from Canterbury Bulldogs.

Martin, 26, is a goalkicking Papua New Guinea international, and follows the recent signings of Rob Lui and Shaun Lunt.

He has made 11 appearances for the Bulldogs this season, having made his debut last season.

Rhinos 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.”

Born in Cairns, Queensland, Martin is of Papua New Guinean descent through his father and has 10 caps for the Kumuls, including the recent test against Samoa.

Martin said: “It is great to get the deal sorted and I am looking forward to getting started with Leeds.

“The move has come about very quickly. I came close to signing for Leeds last year but opted to stay at the Bulldogs.

“The club have kept me in their plans and I am pleased things have now worked out.

“I know the team are in a tough position at the moment but I want to come over and hopefully play my part in getting Leeds back where we want to be.”