Get involved: send your pictures, video, news & views by texting TIMES NEWS to 80360, or email us
London Broncos have completed the signing of Leeds Rhinos trio Alex Foster, Thomas Minns and James Duckworth
9:47am Tuesday 14th January 2014 in Sport
London Broncos have signed three young Leeds Rhinos players on loan for the 2014 season.
Alex Foster, 20, Thomas Minns and James Duckworth, both 19, made their Super League debuts last season for the Rhinos and agreed long term contracts at Headingley Carnegie last year.
Second row Foster joined the Rhinos from Wetherby Bulldogs and scored his first try for Leeds in their win at the Broncos last season, going on to make a total of nine appearances.
Winger James Duckworth signed with Leeds from Whinmoor Warriors and made two appearances last season, scoring a try in the win at Wakefield.
Thomas Minns, also from Whinmoor, made three senior appearances in 2013, scoring on his debut against Castleford.
Tony Rea, Broncos head coach, said: “It’s important to note that we had identified them and been asking for a few months. We’d watched their debuts and watched their performances last year. They were players we wanted around here.”
Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott added: “This is a great opportunity for all three players.
"Last season they showed their potential with Alex Foster in particular becoming a regular in our side on merit because of his performances.
"They have trained well in pre-season with us and the move to London is a chance for them to be regularly involved in a first team environment.
“We hope all three players will have a bright future with the Rhinos and this move is a chance for them have a different life experience, away from home and all the challenges that that brings with it.
"A number of our current first team squad spent time away from the club on loan in their early years, including Ben Jones-Bishop who also had a year down in London, and I am sure Alex, Thomas and James will make the most of this chance.”