Leeds Rhinos have confirmed the signing of Batley fullback Luke Hooley.
The Rhinos have signed the young fullback on a two-year deal from 2023 after Hooley shone at the Bulldogs in 2022 scoring 21 tries as he helped them to the Championship Grand Final with a superb try in the semi-final win against Featherstone.
Hooley is formerly of Wakefield Trinity and is set to shine in Super League with great pace.
Commenting on the signing Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Rohan Smith said, “Luke has matured a lot as a player over the past few seasons at Batley and a great deal of credit has to go to the coaching team at Batley, who have done a great job in helping Luke realise his potential. We have tracked him closely this season and see Luke as a quality all round fullback, who will add depth and competition to our squad.”
Hooley, excited for the opportunity, commented, “I can’t wait to get started at Leeds, to join the Rhinos is a dream come true especially getting another chance in Super League with such a big club. Rohan was a big influence on my decision, I knew him from my time at Bradford and it was a no brainer to work with him again.
“I think it is massive for players in the Championship to know they can get another shot at Super League. When I left Wakefield I thought I was done and would never play in Super League. But it just goes to show if you work hard, enjoy your rugby again and get some games under your belt that anything can happen. Batley have looked after me from the first day I arrived at the club and shown my family and I nothing but respect. Every credit should go to Batley for putting me in the right direction to where I am today and I will always be grateful to the club.”