Giants forward Ferres agrees Rhinos switch


Leeds Rhinos have strengthened their squad ahead of the new Super League season with the signing of England forward Brett Ferres from Huddersfield Giants.

Ferres ends a three-year association with the Giants that saw him score 28 tries in 77 appearances, while he was named man of the match in England's victory over New Zealand in November.

Leeds will be the 29-year-old's fifth Super League club after the two sides agreed an undisclosed fee. Ferres will now discuss personal terms and undergo a medical at Headingley.

"The Rhinos are a fantastic organisation and I am looking forward to being part of the squad next season," he told Leeds' official website. 

"The last year has seen plenty of ups and downs for me, however this move gives me an opportunity to finally look forward to the future with confidence and be part of something special here at the Rhinos."

Head coach Brian McDermott is delighted to have acquired the international, and believes he can become an important part of his side in 2016.

"We are pleased to have Brett on board," he said. "Our other three England internationals also return this week so he has not missed any of our pre-season preparations in comparison to those players. 

"He is a tough competitor and someone I have admired for many years and it is great that the club have moved quickly to secure his services. 

"He will immediately begin training with us with just four weeks to go until the start of the season whilst the terms are being agreed."