Knaresborough rugby league prodigy Alex Foster has joined cash-strapped Super League club London Broncos on a season-long loan.
The Leeds Rhinos youngster has signed for Broncos alongside teammates Thomas Minns and James Duckworth, both 19.
Foster made his Super League debut for Rhinos last season and agreed a long-term contract at Headingley Carnegie last year.
The second-rower joined the Rhinos from Wetherby Bulldogs and scored his first try for Leeds in their win at the Broncos last season.
He went on to make a total of nine appearances.
Broncos head coach Tony Rea said: “It’s important to note that we had identified them and been asking for a few months.
“We’d watched their debuts and watched their performances last year. They were players we wanted around here.”
Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott added: “This is a great opportunity for all three players.
“Last season they showed their potential with Alex Foster in particular becoming a regular in our side on merit because of his performances.
“They have trained well in pre-season with us and the move to London is a chance for them to be regularly involved in a first team environment.
“We hope all three players will have a bright future with the Rhinos and this move is a chance for them have a different life experience, away from home and all the challenges that that brings with it.
“A number of our current first team squad spent time away from the club on loan in their early years.
“I am sure Alex, Thomas and James will make the most of this chance.”
All three players could feature for Broncos against Rhinos in Ryan Bailey’s testimonial game at Headingley Carnegie on January 31.