England ace Ryan Hall has been hailed as the world’s best winger, by his new Leeds Rhinos centre Joel Moon.
Aussie Moon has yet to play alongside Hall, but admitted the prospect of teaming up with the prolific try scorer was one of the reasons he joined Rhinos.
Moon was named official man of the match after making a try-scoring first appearance for Rhinos in the 40-26 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Boxing Day.
Hall did not play in the Heatshot Festive Challenge, but could turn out alongside Moon in Danny McGuire’s testimonial game against Bradford Bulls on January 20.
“He is the best winger in the world,” Moon said of Hall, who was named in the 2012 international team of the year.
“Up against any winger, I would back him any time. He’s a great winger and a good bloke. To play inside him and give him the ball, any centre would want that. It’ll be awesome. That was one of many attractions in coming to Leeds.”
Moon produced one of the most eye-catching performances in Wednesday’s opening pre-season clash and he said: “The atmosphere was awesome.
“It was a great crowd for Boxing Day, all the Leeds fans were great and it was good to get the win. I was a bit nervous, but it was a good game and I thought I played well, so I was happy with it.
“I felt a bit tired, a bit unfit, but I’ll work on that.
“That’s what happens in the first game.
“Brian [coach Brian McDermott] gave me a few things to work on, hopefully I’ve done those right and I can keep working on that.”
Moon spent last season with Salford City Reds and had been linked with a return to Australia before joining Rhinos.
“I’m looking forward to next year,” he said.
“I’ve settled in really well. My wife’s settled in, I’m enjoying training and it’s all good.
“I’m happy here, all the boys are good and playing at Headingley this week was awesome, it was pretty special for me.
“It’s the first time I’ve played there and I will always remember my first game. I can’t wait for the season to start now, I’m really looking forward to it.”
Coach Brian McDermott is excited at the prospect of Moon linking up with Hall.
“Joel showed some good touches [on Wednesday] and got the ball away.
“He’s one of those fellas who carries the ball easily, he doesn’t have to work and do loads of hours on how he carries it and how he runs with it.
“I should imagine Hally will be getting some passes he doesn’t normally expect, though he has had some joy off the fella he’s played outside of for the last 18 months.
“He’s a lucky man.”