Leeds Rhinos have confirmed the signing of forward Matt Prior from Cronulla Sharks on a two-year deal.
Prior is an NRL-winning forward, who has also represented New South Wales in State of Origin. He has also played for St George and Sydney Roosters.
He told the club website: “I know that Leeds Rhinos have a fantastic history but have had some tough times in recent years.
“I nearly signed for the Rhinos a couple of years ago but we didn’t get the deal done so this is something I have always had in my mind.
“It is an exciting time to be moving to Super League with players like Sonny Bill Williams, Gareth Widdop and George Burgess coming into an unforgiving competition and I can’t wait to get involved with the Rhinos boys in training.”
The Rhinos have also announced forward Trent Merrin has been allowed to leave the club on compassionate grounds.
Rhinos Head Coach Richard Agar added: “On behalf of everyone at the Rhinos, we would like to wish Trent and his partner Jess all the best for their future back in Australia.
“I know this is something that Trent has tried hard to resolve but in the end his family comes first and he will leave with our best wishes.
“We were already in the process of signing Matt and I was looking forward to seeing him lining up alongside Trent but unfortunately that will not be possible now.
“However, Kevin Sinfield is working hard behind the scenes to complete our squad. Unlike most of our rivals, we still have flexibility to bring in players, which we did successfully with Rhyse Martin and Ava Seumanufagai last season. And the market is still very much open in terms of players availability both here and in the NRL if the right player becomes available.”
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