“He’ll be a great player for us” – Leeds Rhinos star expecting big things from new signing and childhood friend

It’s often hard a new signing to settle in, but Nene MacDonald at Leeds Rhinos has an advantage as he arrives to a club where one of his childhood friends is ready to welcome him.

That is Papua New Guinea teammate Rhyse Martin who explained the friendship between the two on Leeds Rhinos’ YouTube Channel.

He said:

“We went to the same high school, we grew up in the same area and everything is similar in the way we grew up and we always reminisce about back home. It’s good to have him here and part of this squad, he has achieved a lot at a young age.

“We’re looking good and hopefully he does well for himself and settles nicely here at Leeds.”

He then revealed that he helped plant the seed of MacDonald’s move to Headingley:

“Yeah mate I planted the seed early as soon as we got into camp. There were a few rumours leading into camp that he was coming, I just got into his ear and twisted his arm a bit. Where else would you want to be?”

Martin is expecting big things from MacDonald in a Leeds shirt either way, saying:

“He’s going to be a great player for us, he is a quality player to have in the squad. He’s a good long time friend and it is good to have him here.”