Leeds Rhinos have been active in the transfer market in recent days and weeks.
Bringing in Zak Hardaker, Yusuf Aydin and now Justin Sangare, the Rhinos have also seen the likes of Alex Mellor, Jack Broadbent and Jack Walker leave the club.
And, now Leeds head coach Rohan Smith has revealed just why he has snapped up Toulouse Oympique prop Sangare
“A good few months ago, I was doing some research around the competition and I identified what we had, he’s a big body with some good leg speed,” Smith said.
“He’s in the age group of 24/25/26, we don’t have many guys around that age group so we have been looking for those around that age.
“He’s a good player, he’s got good awareness of what is necessary to play well on both sides of the ball. He needs more experience and opportunity and that’s something we can give him.
“We had a good few positive conversations on Zoom and I’ve crossed paths on social media and zoom in previous years through some mutual friends and colleagues so we knew a little bit about each other.”
In terms of future recruitment, Smith has revealed that the West Yorkshire club are still on the lookout for potential signings, though there won’t be too many additions his already burgeoning squad.
“There won’t be many more, but we are still looking. There is nothing imminent but there is a possibility of some moment.”
One player who will not be staying at the club is hooker Brad Dwyer, with Smith confirming that the wily number nine has not been offered a new deal.
It remains to be seen where Dwyer’s future lies, but he has been linked with the likes of St Helens and the Salford Red Devils in the past and would certainly prove a major asset.