Leeds Rhinos: Baldwinson rejoins the champions

Prop Jordan Baldwinson scores his first try for Featherstone Rovers.
Prop Jordan Baldwinson scores his first try for Featherstone Rovers.
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LEEDS RHINOS have re-signed Kingstone Press Championship young player of the year Jordan Baldwinson from Featherstone Rovers.

The 21-year-old has signed a two-year contract and is set to feature in next Friday’s game against New Zealand at Headingley. Baldwinson came through Rhinos’ academy ranks and made his debut in 2013, before signing for New Zealand Warriors.

He returned to England last year and had a spell on loan at Bradford Bulls, then spent this term on loan at Featherstone.

“I am really pleased to be back at Leeds and I am really looking forward to coming back in for pre-season training,” said the former Hunslet Warriors youngster. “Hopefully, if I work hard enough, I can impress Brian [coach Brian McDermott] and get into his 25-man squad for next season, but I know how tough the competition is at the Rhinos for those shirts.”

McDermott welcomed Baldwinson’s return, saying: “He took the opportunity to go to Featherstone last season and prove himself in the Championship and he certainly did that. We have got a lot of competition in our front-row next season, with Adam Cuthbertson and Brad Singleton establishing themselves this season, Keith Galloway, Anthony Mullally and Jordan coming in and Jamie Jones-Buchanan having a leadership role in the middle of the field. Jordan will be begin training with us next week and he will be in contention for the New Zealand game.”