Today, Leeds Rhinos secured the signing of Luke Hooley from Championship club Batley Bulldogs.
His move has long been rumoured and this morning the club confirmed he had signed on a two-year deal until 2024.
A smart signing, one that feeds into Leeds’ redevelopment plan and trust in young players from the lower divisions with Leon Ruan also expected to join the Rhinos, and gives the club something to build towards the future.
This is all a part of Leeds boss Rohan Smith’s project at Headingley which fans hope will guide them back to Super League glory once again after coming up just short in 2022.
Smith has revitalised the club, and he played a key role in getting Hooley to the club.
On this Hooley said: “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.”
Meanwhile, Hooley opened up on giving up on a Super League career and said a move like this is encouraging for Championship stars.
He said: “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.”