Leeds Rhinos sign Andy Yates

Super League champions Leeds have turned to Championship partners Hunslet to make their first signing for 2014.

The Rhinos have handed a two-year deal to the Hawks' former St Helens prop Andy Yates, 23, who will train full-time with them from December but will be available to play for Hunslet on a dual registration next season.

We are delighted to sign Andy and think he will be a good addition to our squad for next season. We have seen the value of the dual registration process in recent weeks with the form of Jimmy Keinhorst and Brad Singleton in particular and these relationships give players a route back into Super League if they have missed out first time around."

– Brian McDermott, Leeds Rhinos coach