Leeds Rhinos have announced the much-anticipated signing of Kruise Leeming from Huddersfield Giants on a two year deal.
Leeming is a product of the Huddersfield academy and made his debut for the club in 2013. He went on to make 120 appearances, scoring 15 tries.
The Swaziland-born-hooker told the club website: “I am excited to be joining the Rhinos and looking forward to the future.
“I would like to thank everyone at the Giants who have supported me down the years and I wish the club well in the years ahead.
“I am looking forward to running out at Emerald Headingley as a Leeds Rhinos player, it is an amazing atmosphere when you are an opposition player, so I can only imagine how good it will feel to be a Rhinos player.
“We have got great competition at the club for the hooking role with Brad Dwyer and Corey Johnson but I think that is great for the Rhinos.
“As a professional player you thrive off that challenge and I am sure we will all work together to get the best possible result for the team,”
Leeds Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield added: “We are delighted to have secured Kruise. He is an exciting, young English player who has played over a hundred games in Super League and impressed our coaching staff.
He will join our squad in pre-season training with immediate effect and I am sure he will be a great addition to our squad.”
The deal to sign Leeming will also see young forward Owen Trout go the other way.
Trout spent time on loan in the Championship for Featherstone Rovers and Dewsbury Rams last season, scoring two tries.
Sinfield said of Trout: “I would like to thank Owen Trout for his efforts at the Rhinos, he had a taste of first team rugby last season at Dewsbury and Featherstone and I am sure he will relish the challenge of a new club at the Giants.”
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