New Leeds Rhinos signing Joel Moon has jetted into England and is determined to make an instant impression on his new team- mates by throwing himself into pre-season training less than 24 hours later.
The 24-year-old centre, pictured above being welcomed to Headingley Carnegie by Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott, has been awarded the number four squad number for next season and arrived back in England with his wife and son ready to begin his new life as a Rhino on a three-year contract.
Moon said: “I am really excited about joining Leeds. The squad is full of great players and that is a big motivator for me and my career.
“The talent in the backline is frightening and it will be good to be part of that. I will be looking to do whatever Brian McDermott and the coaching staff want from me but I can’t wait to get back training and get to know the boys.
“I know Kylie Leuluai from the Exiles squad this year but that’s it so I’m sure it’ll take a bit of time to get to know everyone.
“I am looking forward to Boxing Day and making my debut. against Wakefield. It was great to see the new pitch going down and it will be exciting to play my first game as a Rhino.”
Moon joined the Rhinos after the club agreed an undisclosed fee with Salford City Reds, where he had a year to go on his contract.
He added: “It was an up and down year last season at Salford for me and the club. It was tough when I had a few injuries and wasn’t playing.
“But going home at the end of the season gave me a chance to have a look at the situation again and when I found out that Leeds were still looking to recruit a centre, I got in touch and they were still keen to sign me. I decided it was the right move for me and my family.
“I would like to wish Salford all the best for next season, they had a tough year last season but it looks like things are moving in a very positive direction there.”
McDermott has no doubts about the character of his new signing.
He said: “We are pleased to have brought Joel in and I am sure he will settle in really well.”