Matt Prior targets more Grand Final glory with Leeds

Leeds front-rower Matt Prior says he is looking to achieve more Grand Final success following his arrival from the NRL. 

The 32-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Rhinos back in November, having made over 250 NRL appearances in a career spanning more than a decade.

Prior can play in a number of positions, including prop, second row and loose forward, and will help soften the blow following Trent Merrin’s return to Australia on compassionate grounds.

Leeds’ new number 10 had his first taste of NRL Grand Final success in 2010 with St George Illawarra Dragons, and in 2016 helped Cronulla Sharks to their first NRL title since entering the competition in 1967.

Leeds have won Super League a record eight times and last reached the final in 2017, toppling Castleford 24-6 at Old Trafford.

Prior says it would be incredible to clinch more silverware in the UK and follow in the footsteps of former Rhinos stars Danny Buderus and Dave Furner, both of whom won NRL and Super League titles.

“I’ve already won the Premiership over there, so coming over here and doing the same would be amazing,” he told BBC West Yorkshire Sport.

“Hopefully, if all goes well, in a couple of years I can have another ring on my finger and get to hold the trophy up at some stage.”

Prior confirmed that he will be available for selection in Leeds’ January 12 fixture against Bradford, a game raising funds for Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s testimonial and Rob Burrow’s fight against Motor Neurone Disease.

He also says Leeds fans can expect a no-nonsense competitor when he does get to make his debut for the club.

“I’ve built my career on doing the little things right, being a team man and bringing a lot of energy,” he admitted.

“Everyone who knows me knows I am a competitor. I like to do the little things well and I want to continue to do that.”


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