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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Cockermouth-born Shaun Lunt joins rugby league world club champions Leeds

Ex-Workington Town star Shaun Lunt has joined World Club champions Leeds Rhinos on loan for the rest of the Super League season.

Shaun Lunt photo
Shaun Lunt

England international Lunt, 25, has struggled to gain a regular first team berth with the Huddersfield Giants this year.

And when they snapped up fellow hooker Scott Moore this week, coach Nathan Brown allowed Lunt to go out on loan for the remainder of the year.

Cockermouth-born Lunt is delighted to be heading to the Rhinos, saying: “I turned 25 this week and I know I am at a stage in my career when I need to be playing regular first team rugby.

“I was surprised when Nathan Brown told me last week that Leeds had been in touch about coming here on loan. Normally when you go on loan it is not to another one of the top teams in the competition so I am really pleased to be joining the World Champions.

“My preferred position is hooker but I am happy playing in the back row as well, whatever the coaching staff want of me.

“I trained with the Rhinos yesterday and the players really made me feel welcome. I need to get my head down now and work hard to make the most of this opportunity.”

Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott added: “Shaun is a player we have monitored for a while and he will give us strength in depth in a number of positions in the forwards as we enter a tough period of the season.

“He has been a quality player for Huddersfield over a number of years appearing in the Challenge Cup Final and representing England and I know he is excited about the challenge of coming to Leeds and showing what he can do at the highest level.”

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