Leeds Rhinos sign Wigan Warriors prop Sam Eseh after losing four players to concussion protocols

Leeds Rhinos have been forced into the loan market after losing four players to the Rugby Football League's concussion protocols.

Former East Leeds junior Sam Eseh is in line to make his debut against Leigh Leopards on Friday night following his arrival from Wigan Warriors.

The Rhinos also made a move for Huddersfield Giants playmaker Jake Connor, only to see their approach rejected by Ian Watson.

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Leeds are without Harry Newman, Ash Handley, Tom Holroyd and Sam Lisone after they were all stood down having displayed concussion symptoms during or following Saturday's defeat at Hull FC.

Andy Ackers and James Bentley are sidelined as they recover from concussion, while Morgan Gannon will miss the rest of the season to allow his brain to heal from repeated blows to the head.

"The club have reiterated their commitment to the brain health of their players," said the Rhinos.

"Having reviewed footage from Saturday's game and implementing the RFL guidelines, the club are adopting the correct protocol in standing these players down."

As well as former Wakefield Trinity prop Eseh, young forwards Toby Warren and Ben Littlewood could make their debuts for the depleted Rhinos against Leigh.

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