Leeds Rhinos’ star signing Nene MacDonald has underlined his excitement at joining the Rhinos.
“I am very excited, coming through the changing rooms and seeing all the history the club. I can’t wait to get out there,” he said to Serious About Rugby League.
He went on to explain that the club’s big reputation down under was key to the move:
“They have a big reputation down under especially from the guys who have played for them and I spoke to a few boys and they say such high remarks about the club. They are such a big part of Super League and it’s very exciting to be part of it.”
But the main reason was perhaps talks with current Leeds player Rhyse Martin as well as Paul Aiton who won the Challenge Cup with the Rhinos in 2014:
“I was stuck between making a decision with a few clubs and I spoke to Paul Aiton and he said if there is one club he wishes he would have stayed at longer it was Leeds and he told me if I had a chance to join then I should take it with both hands.”
MacDonald also revealed that the interest from Leeds came late on:
“It came late. There was talk about it during the World Cup campaign but I pushed it away to focus on that but once that was done, and to be coached by Rohan, to here from Rhyse and Paul and others, made it an easy decision.”
The success Leeds could have this year also played a key role:
“That was a massive part of it, they are a successful club and got so far last year and I want to be part of the team that goes all the way and hopefully if we stay fit and get all the way to the G F and get the job done.”