Leeds Rhinos snap up Warrington hooker as replacement for legend Rob Burrow

New Leeds Rhinos signing Brad Dwyer, right.
New Leeds Rhinos signing Brad Dwyer, right.
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LEEDS RHINOS have signed hooker Brad Dwyer from Warrington Wolves on a two-year contract beginning next season.

The 24-year-old has made 85 Super League appearances for Warrington since his debut five years ago and has also played on dual-registration with Swinton Lions and loan for Huddersfield Giants and London Broncos.

Dwyer described his move to Rhinos as a “new challenge for me” and said: “It’s something I am excited about.

“It is a massive club with a big following and I am looking forward to pulling on the jersey. It is a fresh start for me having been at Warrington for a long time.

“I had a chat with [Leeds coach] Brian McDermott and I am looking forward to being in a new environment.

“I am confident the move will freshen me up and get the best out of me performance-wise.”

Dwyer is set to replace Rob Burrow - who will retire at the end of this season - and will be back-up to Matt Parcell.

He said: “I have been lucky to play and train alongside some great hookers during my career with Michael Monaghan and Micky Higham previously and most recently Daryl Clark, who is one of the best around.

“The challenge of playing alongside Matt Parcell is something I am really looking forward to.

“He is having a great season and hopefully we can push each other at nine and get a good partnership going.”

Dwyer added: “I have been fortunate at Warrington to be part of some great occasions with the Wolves and that has made me hungry for more.

“There is no better place for me to start the next chapter of my career than at Leeds and hopefully I can contribute to more success in the years ahead.

“I’ve had a chat with [fellow recruit] Richie Myler already, who I know well and we are both excited to come to Leeds and contribute something to the team.”

McDermott said: “Following the retirement of Rob Burrow we have moved quickly to secure a genuine nine to strengthen our squad and back up the great work that Matt Parcell has done this year.

“Brad has told me he has bigger aspirations than just a back-up and that ambition was a big attraction.

“He is a determined character who is willing to test himself in our squad and I think we can bring the very best out of him.

“I am looking forward to working with him in pre-season and having him as part of the Rhinos family from 2018.”

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