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Leeds Rhinos star set for stunning return

Leeds Rhinos completed the signing of Kieran Hudson, a 23-year-old emerging talent from Castleford Tigers, ahead of the 2024 season.

The prop, who was born in Sunderland, has previously played for Newcastle Thunder and Whitehaven before being given the opportunity to play in the Super League with Castleford. However, he missed the last season due to an Achilles injury. He is now back to full fitness and will be following in the footsteps of his grandfather, John Holmes, with his move to the AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium. Holmes, who passed away in 2009, still holds the record for the most appearances for the club with 625 appearances over two decades at his hometown club.

Hudson has had an unusual route to professional Rugby League. He started his career as a professional footballer with AFC Sunderland as a goalkeeper before switching to Rugby League with Newcastle.

Hudson signed for Leeds carrying the achilles injury sustained at Castleford Tigers but according to Yorkshire Evening Post he will return to the pitch in February.

Hudson delighted to sign for Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos signing Kieran Hudson

Commenting on signing for Leeds, Hudson said, “I am excited to be at the Rhinos, the club is a big part of my family and it is great to have finally signed. John Holmes was my grandad but growing up in Sunderland we probably never really appreciated how massive John had been here at Leeds but we always knew about it in the background. I always remember asking him about whether he would take us to a game and he always joked that he couldn’t go before he would be too tempted to pull his boots on again!

“I started playing football for Sunderland from when I was 9 until I was 16 then moved to Rugby League with Newcastle. Any professional team you have to work hard to get where you want to be, from a young age, I have had that professionalism engrained in me and I am ready to work hard for myself and my family,” added Hudson.

Hudson is a key signing helping replace new Wigan Warriors signing Sam Walters.

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