Leeds Rhinos boss Rohan Smith has confirmed that NRL superstar Paul Momirovski will feature in Round One against Salford Red Devils.
The centre is a former NRL winner with Penrith Panthers and was drafted in from Sydney Roosters. He has trained with Leeds over the winter but missed all the pre-season friendlies being back down under in agreed leave.
He returned this week and will play with Smith saying: “Yes, he is pencilled in.”
This came as Smith explained his approach to game time ahead of the new season with Momirovski obviously having none: “Last year we had four or five players unavailable at the start of the year and they they played their first game in a Super League game so, you know, it’s it’s just the way it is and you know I think though if you see the way that most of the other clubs have played their their pre-season that a lot of their leading players have played half a game to get rid of the cobwebs I’m assuming.
“We felt the need probably to push a few of ours a bit further against Hull KR because it’s the first sort of game that our spine have played together ever. So that was a that was necessary, but you know next year, I’d assume they’ll play less.”
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Smith confirmed he will be fit to feature against Salford: “Yeah, he will be, yes.
He also praised the Frenchman for how he settled in: “He’s made a great transition to the UK. He was adamant he wanted to come to the UK at some point and really challenge himself at a big club. His relationship with Justin has been really helpful. Justin helped him integrate and helped him with the language. I think he speaks better English than a lot of us. He’s fit in really well. He’s a fit, very competitive person and very intelligent so he picks things up quickly and I’m looking forward to him getting started as a runner.”