Leeds Rhinos: Briscoe joins Hunslet Hawks on loan

Luke Briscoe.
Luke Briscoe.
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LEEDS RHINOS utility-player Luke Briscoe has joined Hunslet Hawks on loan until the end of the season.

Briscoe has made three senior appearances for Rhinos this season and was a try scorer in last Friday’s defeat by Bradford Bulls.

He also played twice during a spell on loan at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats earlier in the year.

Hawks director of Rugby Darren Williams said: “Luke will give us cover in the centre/ wing positions, which was needed as Aston Wilson is currently out with a bruised heel and Gavin Duffy - who is on loan from Keighley - can be recalled weekly if needed by his parent club.

“He is a big, powerful athlete who is hungry to play regularly having only played five games so far this season.”

Hawks have also signed Keighley Cougars forward Ross Peltier on a loan deal for the rest of the campaign.

Peltier has made 11 appearances this season for the Cougars, scoring two tries in the Kingstone Press Championship.

He signed for Keighley in November, having played in the Queensland Cup in Australia and is a current Jamaican International who was with Huddersfield Giants.

Williams said: “We were looking to add some size to the squad for the run-in and Ross certainly has that, his go forward is tremendous and he will be a superb addition as we get to the business end of the season.”

Both players will be in contention for selection for Sunday’s trip to Hemel Stags in Kingstone Press Championship One.

Rhinos coach Brian McDermott said: “Luke has worked hard this season, both during his time on loan at Wakefield and with us and has not looked out of place when called upon to play in the first team.

“He will benefit from a continued run in the Hunslet side, especially in some high pressure games as the Hawks look to finish their season on a high.”