Hunslet add Leeming and retain Carbutt ahead of new season

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HUNSLET RLFC have signed centre/second-row Cameron Leeming on a one-year contract and retained prop Matt Carbutt for the 2017 campaign.

Leeming is a product of the Stanningley community club and had spells in the youth ranks at Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats before spending a year with Australian outfit Wyong Roos. The 21-year-old said: “I am very happy to have signed at Hunslet for this season.

“All the players and the coaching staff have been really welcoming and I am looking forward to getting stuck in and having a big season in 2017.”

Hunslet director of rugby Darren Williams said: “Cameron was another casualty of Super League clubs having to make an early decision on a player’s ability at just 19. He spent a year in Australia before returning home and joined Stanningley. He got in touch and we were instantly impressed with him to offer him a playing contract just two weeks into pre-season.

“He adds to the core of Leeds-based players looking for an opportunity in the game and we want Hunslet to be made up of local young talent.”

Carbutt is another former Rhinos academy player and is in his second spell with Hunslet after stints at Doncaster and in Australia with Tweed Head Seagulls. The 31-year-old scored three tries in 24 appearances for Hunslet in 2016.

He said: “I’m really happy to have signed again at Hunslet for another year.

“There a great set of blokes in the squad to play with. It was never a case of who I would sign for, I just needed to decide if I could go for another season.”

Williams added: “Matt had a consistent year last season, although under new head coach James Coyle he may well play a slightly different role in 2017.

“He is the ideal role model to help create the kind of culture we want and will help the likes of Nyle Flynn adapt to senior rugby.”