Leeds Rhinos’ Ryan Hall is looking forward to finally forging a “consistent” partnership with his new centre partner.
The free-scoring England winger should have Salford City Reds capture Joel Moon as his regular provider next season.
Hall has had a number of different centres feeding him since Keith Senior’s knee injury curtailed their famous pairing in May, 2011.
It has not stopped his prolific streak with the world’s best winger scoring 30-plus tries in each of the last four seasons.
However, with the likes of Zak Hardaker, Carl Ablett and Brett Delaney chopping and changing in that three-quarter role, Hall is excited by the prospect of at last settling in with a specialist centre.
Leeds paid an undisclosed fee for Australian Moon, the ex-Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors star who represented the Exiles earlier this year, and Hall said: “Hopefully, we can piece together a good partnership. He’s certainly got some great credentials.
“I know he had a bit of a stop-start year but the way he started it out with Salford showed he’s a real flair player.
“He’s got some real talent and I’m looking forward to linking up with him.
“I’ve had a few centres now since Keith.
“I think I started with four different ones in this season just gone so it’ll be nice to get some consistency there.”
Hall will get his first chance to acquaint himself with Moon on Monday when he starts pre-season training after his hard-earned winter break.
“I’ve really enjoyed the time off,” admitted the 25-year-old.
“I’ve been on a couple of holidays, spent some time with the family and put my feet up a bit.
“Last year was a real hard slog and I played in every game so I needed that break.
“But I’m really looking forward to getting back in now.
“After a bit, you miss the people you’re around with every day - your mates - and the atmosphere so it’ll be good to get back into that.”
Obviously, Hall won’t play in the Boxing Day fixture with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats so, instead, Australian trialist Joe Vickery gets his first chance to shine on the left wing as Moon makes his debut.