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Rhinos hand Vickery 12-month deal

Joe Vickery Credit: Press Association

Super League champions Leeds Rhinos have handed Australian trialist Joe Vickery a contract following his two-try performance on Boxing Day.

Vickery, who joined the Rhinos on trial from Gold Coast Titans, has signed a 12-month deal after catching the eye in Leeds' 40-26 win over Wakefield.

"It was my ambition to earn a contract with the club when I came over here and I backed myself to do that so I am delighted to have signed for the season," said the 23-year-old former St George junior, who can play on the wing or at centre.

"It was a gamble to move here on a trial and away from everything I knew in Australia but the hard work has been worth it and I am pleased with my decision."

Leeds coach Brian McDermott said: "We are really pleased to have secured a permanent deal with Joe and he fully deserves this contract."

VIckery to land Rhinos deal

Rhinos' trialist Joe Vickery Credit: Press Association

Australian trialist Joe Vickery is set to land a contract with Leeds Rhinos after catching the eye in the Super League champions' festive challenge win over Wakefield.

The 23-year-old utility back, whose proposed move to Hull fell through last year, is two-thirds of the way through a trial spell with the Rhinos and boosted his chances of securing a permanent deal with a two-try display in their 40-26 Boxing Day victory over the Wildcats.

The Exeter-born Vickery, who scored 17 tries last season for Gold Coast Titans' feeder club Tweed Heads, seized his chance while deputising for Ben Jones-Bishop, touching down twice in the opening quarter while playing on the wing, and he looked equally accomplished after switching to full-back.



Joe Vickery Credit: Gold Coast Titans

Super League champions Leeds Rhinos are to give a three-month trial to Australian three-quarter Joe Vickery. Exeter-born Vickery had his first training session with the Rhinos this week after joining them from Gold Coast Titans' feeder club Tweed Heads, where he scored 17 tries last season.

Leeds, who are still in the hunt for a new centre after failing in bids for Joel Moon and Keith Lulia, are likely to give Vickery his first chance in the Boxing Day friendly with Wakefield.

"My manager told me about the interest from Leeds and I was so excited about the chance to join the best team in the competition," said 23-year-old Vickery.

"I was born in Exeter and moved to Australia when I was four so it is great that my sport has brought me back to England."