Over the Moon to be given Leeds chance

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Finally getting his chance at Championship rugby at the grand age of 29, new signing Dominic Moon is eager to prove to Leeds Carnegie he is worthy of a permanent deal.

The Preston Grasshoppers captain has joined on loan and jumps up from National League Two North level to make his debut off the bench in tomorrow’s game against Plymouth Albion at West Park Leeds.

With Chris Walker serving the final match of a ban and fellow back-row Dominic Barrow on England Under- 20s duty, Moon had been recommended tby Leeds forwards’ coach Dave Baldwin, who previously worked with him in Lancashire.

“I know Dave really well and he spoke to me in the summer about coming across to Leeds and testing myself in this environment,” he said. “The timing was not right for me then because I had just been made Preston captain and wanted to give that my best shot.

“But things have worked out now and I have really enjoyed this week here.

“I think I was one of those players who missed out on the chance of playing at a higher level when I was younger but who knows what might happen if I can show Diccon (Edwards) and the rest of the coaches what I can do?”

Head coach Edwards said: “We have got injuries in the back-row and with Chris and Dominic also both unavailable there has been a need to strengthen the squad.

“Initially it is just for this weekend but we will be monitoring the situation and could be on a longer term going forward.”

Leeds defeated Plymouth 34-16 last month but have controversially been ordered by the RFU to replay the fixture tomorrow after it was moved to uncontested scrums early on due to problems with the new Headingley Carnegie pitch.