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NRL star links up with Super League giants ahead of 2024 season

Leeds Rhinos star signing Paul Momirovski has now arrived at the club to begin pre-season training.

The centre agreed to join Leeds as a replacement for Nene MacDonald having originally been a target for the 2025 season due to being contracted until the end of 2024 with Sydney Roosters.

However, he would become the first of a flurry of off-season signings that would see Leeds then announce the double coup of Andy Ackers and Brodie Croft from Salford Red Devils.

The centre was unable to link up with the squad for the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge on Boxing Day against Wakefield Trinity due to getting married in Australia over the festive period.

He has now arrived in the UK and begun training with the Rhinos alongside a returning Brodie Croft who also went down under over Christmas.

Born in the Sydney area, Momirovski played for local side Alexandria Rovers as a junior before being picked up by Peter O’Sullivan at the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Noticed by the Roosters for his talents, Momirovski made the short trip to the tri-colours in 2014 and progressed through the club’s youth setup where he notably won the Holden Cup in 2016. Two years later, he was given his NRL bow by Trent Robinson against Gold Coast Titans and the centre rewarded his coach with the game’s opening try. That same season, he was drafted in for the Preliminary Final against his former club Souths, where he scored again to send the Roosters towards Grand Final glory.

He signed a two-year deal with Wests Tigers at the start of the 2019 campaign. His sole season under Ivan Cleary saw Momirovski play 11 times and score eight tries, including three in a 42-14 routing of the Dragons, plus he featured in the Prime Ministers XIII win over Fiji at the end of the year.

As part of a year-long swap deal with hooker Harry Grant, Momirovski joined Craig Bellamy at Melbourne for the 2020 campaign where he scored four tries in six games. He was part of a player swap the year after too as he joined Penrith for his most successful season to date. On the way to lifting a Grand Final title against the Rabbitohs, the centre scored six tries in 19 appearances under Cleary.

The 25-year-old came full circle in 2022 as a return to the Roosters saw him continue his on-field form with six tries in 19 games for the Chooks and he also appeared in another Finals campaign, only to be knocked out by their close-city neighbours Souths.

Last season, Momirovski sidelined for most of the season with shoulder ligament damage suffered against the Warriors in round nine. He made a return before the end of the campaign though, with a semi final appearance versus Melbourne.

2024 sees the centre finish his contract with the Roosters early to join up with Rohan Smith and the Rhinos.

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