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Leeds make shock loan signing of Wigan forward

Leeds Rhinos have signed England international Joe Greenwood from Wigan Warriors on a two-month loan deal.

The 26-year-old will link up with Richard Agar’s team immediately after failing to make a single appearance for the Warriors this season.

Despite this, the back-rower has appeared 33 times for the Cherry and Whites since signing from NRL outfit Gold Coast Titans in June 2018.

“It is an exciting challenge for me and I can’t wait to get started,” Greenwood told the Rhinos’ website.

“Like Wigan, Leeds is a club with a tremendous history and, when the opportunity came from Kevin Sinfield and Richard Agar, it was one that I was willing to take.

“I am fit and ready to go and looking forward to meeting the Leeds lads this week.”

Prior to his stint in Australia, Oldham-born Greenwood spent the first six years of his career at St Helens but revealed he was a Leeds fan in his youth.

“I am from Saddleworth so we are on the Yorkshire border,” he explained. “I used to support Leeds when I was little, I had Barrie McDermott’s name on the back of my shirt, I suppose it is funny how things turn out.

“This is a great opportunity and I hope I can bring something to the club from my own game.”

Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield, who is also an Oldhamer, said: “We are pleased to have brought in a player of Joe’s experience to bolster our pack.

“I would like to thank Wigan for their co-operation in making the move possible and we look forward to welcoming Joe into our group.

“He is a player with undoubted potential having played in the NRL and for some of the biggest clubs in Super League. I look forward to seeing how he complements our existing squad.”

Greenwood will be available for selection immediately and could make his Leeds debut when they face Warrington at Headingley on Friday night.

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