Rhyse Martin: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs back-rower joins Leeds Rhinos

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Cairns-born PNG international Rhyse Martin made his NRL debut in the 2018 season

Back-rower Rhyse Martin has left NRL club Canterbury to join relegation-threatened Super League side Leeds.

The 26-year-old moves to the English game with immediate effect after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Martin comes in to bolster the survival hopes of a Leeds side that are bottom of the table after 19 games.

“The team are in a tough position at the moment. I want to come over and hopefully play my part in getting Leeds back where we want to be,” Martin said.

The Papua New Guinean international, who featured 25 times for the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL, said he “came close” to joining Leeds last year.

“The club have kept me in their plans and I am pleased things have now worked out,” Martin told the Rhinos website.