Ex-Leeds hooker Matt Parcell signs for Hull KR on one-year deal

Matt Parcell in action for Leeds
Matt Parcell in action for Leeds

Former Leeds hooker Matt Parcell has signed a 12-month contract with Hull KR for 2020.

The 26-year-old former Brisbane and Manly player spent the last two months of the 2019 season on loan with Rovers and, although a shoulder injury restricted him to just five appearances, it was enough to impress coach Tony Smith.

Smith said: "We are all delighted that Matt is remaining with us. Everybody that has seen him play will know what a great asset he is to us.

"He is one of the most outstanding hookers in the game and one of the most dangerous runners, too. With his experience, he adds great value to our squad.

"He's already shown what he is capable of, but pre-season gives him the opportunity to exceed what he has already shown."

Parcell said: "It was always the plan to stay here for 2020, so it is great to get the deal sorted and have the opportunity to work with Tony Smith again, which I really enjoyed.

"I loved the freedom that I was given to play rugby here. Tony has given me that licence to play what's in front of me and that is when I play at my best."

It was also confirmed on Tuesday that Huddersfield have signed Leeds full-back Ashton Golding on a three-year contract.

The 23-year-old Jamaica international had another two years left on his deal with the Rhinos but spent the 2019 season on loan at Featherstone, who he helped reach the Championship Grand Final.

Giants coach Simon Woolford said: "I've watched him quite a bit this year and he's been a standout at Featherstone and was key to their success this year.

"He does a really good job defensively, which is really important in a full-back.

"He's very good with the defensive side of things, he puts his body on the line and his effort is first class."

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