Leeds Rhinos: Featherstone hit Baldwinson hoping for Headingley return

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RISING STAR Jordan Baldwinson says he is loving his time at Featherstone Rovers, but still hopes for a return to Leeds Rhinos.

Baldwinson made two appearances for Rhinos in 2013 before joining New Zealand Warriors’ under-20s. He returned to this county mid-way through last year and finished the season with Bradford Bulls.

After linking up again with Rhinos, he joined Rovers on a one-year deal with a view to earning a place in Leeds’ squad for 2016.

And he is hoping his form in the Kingstone Press Championship has caught Rhinos coach Brian McDermott’s eye.

“From the experience point of view, I’m loving it,” he said of his time at Rovers.

“I’m getting good game time generally and they appreciate the things I’m doing on and off the field, which is a good thing.

“Fingers crossed I can go back to Leeds and prove to Brian Mac and the coaching staff there that I’m worthy of being in their squad.

“But here it’s so far so good.”

Baldwinson added: “I’ve spoken to (Rhinos chief executive) Gary Hetherington and Brian Mac.

“I can’t say just yet, but fingers crossed I can go back there and and Leeds can recognise I’ve been playing well for Featherstone.

“But at the moment I’m focusing on Featherstone Rovers and getting them into the top-four (in the Kingstone Press Championship.”