Former NRL utility joins Leeds for three years

Following the re-signing of halfback Danny McGuire, the Leeds Rhinos have announced the signing of another player – this time, it is that of former New Zealand Warriors, Brisbane Broncos and Salford City Reds utility back, Joel Moon.

Moon, who has signed a 3-year deal with the 2012 Super League winners, made his debut for the Broncos back in 2006, before spending several years at the Warriors, and finally ending up at Salford.

With his new 3-year deal at Leeds, the Caloundra junior will be looking to make his mark in the Leeds side – with Chief Executive Gary Hetherington pleased to have a player of Moon's calibre and versatility at the club.

“We are delighted to have finalised the transfer to bring Joel Moon to Headingley Carnegie. We made no secret of the fact that we were looking to sign a centre who could complement our existing squad and add quality to our group, and Joel was our preferred option. He will arrive in the UK in the next 24 hours and immediately begin pre-season training with the team, and is likely to make his debut on Bo

xing Day against Wakefield in the Heatshot Festive Challenge,” said Hetherington.

Brian McDermott, the head coach at Leeds also weighed in on the signing of Moon, believing that the utility fits the type of player they were searching for.

“Joel is a player who we have been monitoring for a while and it is great to bring him into the club now so we can improve our squad from a position of strength. We always said that any player we brought to the club would have to add significantly to the group, and I think the fact that we have signed a player with as much experience at a young age, definitely fits that criteria and he is an exciting signing not just for next season, but as part of this young group moving forward,” said McDermott.

“He has consistently scored tries in the NRL during his early career with Brisbane and New Zealand Warriors and impressed with Salford last season, earning a call up the Exiles squad. At 24, his best years are still ahead of him and it is an exciting prospect to think about him coming into our young backline and playing alongside the likes of Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins, Ben Jones-Bishop and Ryan Hall.”