Rhinos trio join Broncos on loan

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14th January 2014

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that three of their young players will spend the 2014 season on loan at London Broncos.

Nineteen-year-olds James Duckworth and Thomas Minns, pictured, along with 20-year-old Alex Foster, are all heading to help out the depleted Broncos.

Tony Rea's squad has been limited because of the financial uncertainty which has affected the club over the last six months.

The Australian started the rebuilding job yesterday with the capture of Hull KR's George Griffin and Leeds have now confirmed the reports that their trio are also heading south.

"This is a great opportunity for all three players," said Leeds coach Brian McDermott, formerly of London.

"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."

All three players made their Super League debuts for Leeds last season and have long-term contracts with the Yorkshire side.

Second-rower Foster made nine appearances, winger Duckworth two and back Minns three in 2013.

Rea 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."