Leeds Rhinos sign Lui from Salford

Robert Lui has signed for Leeds
Robert Lui has signed for Leeds

Leeds have signed Salford stand-off Robert Lui to bolster their squad in their fight against relegation.

The Betfred Super League side have announced the 29-year-old Australian has joined the club with immediate effect for an undisclosed fee.

His move was made possible on the overseas quota and under the salary cap by allowing hooker Matt Parcell to join Hull KR on a deal until the end of the season. Robins hooker Shaun Lunt has moved in the opposite direction.

Leeds had been heavily linked with a move for half-back Lui as they look to rescue a dismal season. The Rhinos, who sacked David Furner as coach last month, are 11th in the table, level on points with bottom side Hull KR.

Lui, who previously played for Wests Tigers and North Queensland Cowboys, moves after four seasons at Salford, during which time he has scored 31 tries. He has signed at Headingley until the end of the 2021 season.

Leeds director of rugby Kevin Sinfield said: "We are pleased to have brought a half-back of Robert's experience into our squad. He has proven his quality in Super League over the last four seasons and I know the players are looking forward to working with him."

Lui, who could make his debut against Catalans Dragons on Sunday, said: "It is great to be here. I can't wait to pull on the Leeds jersey and run out at Emerald Headingley."

Lunt could also be in the Rhinos squad this weekend. The 32-year-old Cumbrian returns to Leeds after a successful loan spell with the club in 2012 when he enjoyed Grand Final success.

The former Huddersfield player joined Hull KR in 2015 but has struggled for game time this season, making just seven appearances. His deal is until the end of the current campaign with the possibility of an extension.

Sinfield said: "I would like to welcome Shaun back to the club.

"He is an outstanding professional who knows our club well. He had a huge impact on the squad during his first spell here."

Parcell, a Grand Final winner in 2017, will go straight into Rovers' squad for Thursday's derby against arch-rivals Hull.

Robins coach Tony Smith said of the former Brisbane and Manly forward: "I'm delighted to have Matt at the club. What he has got is something that we're lacking a little bit at the moment and that's depth in that dummy-half position.

"He can split teams up and we need to do that. I think he'll do a fantastic job for us and he'll slot in very well."

Parcell's move came a day after centre Junior Vavai left Rovers for Championship side Toulouse.

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