Super League: Leeds Rhinos land Newcastle Knights' Adam Cuthbertson
Leeds Rhinos have landed Newcastle Knights' experienced prop Adam Cuthbertson on a four-year contract.
Last Updated: 29/05/14 4:22pm
The 29-year-old Australia, whose father is from Warrington, played for Manly against the Rhinos in the 2009 World Club Challenge at Elland Road - a game which the Sea Eagles won 28-20.
Cuthbertson, who has now played 127 NRL games, has 18 offloads for the struggling Knights this season while he also averages 30.6 tackles and 126.3 metres per game.
"I am really pleased to be joining the Rhinos and excited about the challenge of joining a new competition in Super League," he told the club's official website.
"Leeds have been a top club for the last decade and I know I am joining a very competitive squad who have a great work ethic, that is evident from the success they have had.
"I have been to Leeds in the past and really enjoyed the City. My dad is from England so my family are also excited about me coming over too."
Cuthbertson had admitted he leaves the Knights with a heavy heart, but has promised to give his all for the club between now and the end of the season.
"I am enjoying my time at the Knights and it was a hard decision to leave because I love the club, love the area and have established myself here," he told the Knight's official website.
"I won't be leaving anything in the tank on and off the field between now and the end of the season and hope to leave on a positive."
Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has revealed Leeds tried to sign Cuthbertson in 2011 only for the Australian to follow Wayne Bennett to the Knights.
Hetherington commented: "We are delighted to have signed Adam. He is a player we tried to sign three years ago when he was leaving St George but he opted to go with Wayne Bennett to Newcastle.
"This is a major coup for the Rhinos and Super League as a competition and reverses the trend in recent years. At 29, Adam is at the peak of his powers as a prop and he has agreed a long term contract with us, showing his commitment to coming to Leeds and our competition.
"Adam will effectively replace Ben Jones-Bishop in our senior 25-man squad which means all our players are now contracted for next season."
Head coach Brian McDermott added, "Having spoken with Adam, I was impressed by how much he is looking forward to the challenge of joining the Rhinos next season.
"As an experienced NRL professional, not only will he add quality to our group but he will also help our younger players develop and realise their full potential with his knowledge from the NRL competition.
"Given the state of game in Australia and in particular the demand for front rowers over there, this is a massive boost for the Rhinos and big decision for Adam. He has a passion to play in our competition and for Leeds.
"The club spoke to Danny Buderus about him also and he had nothing but good to say about him both as a player and an individual which is especially important to us."
You can see Leeds Rhinos in Super League action on Friday against resurgent Warrington Wolves from the Halliwell Jones Stadium live on Sky Sports 1 from 7.30pm