WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach John Kear has confirmed his interest in signing out-of-favour Leeds Rhinos prop Luke Burgess.
Burgess, along with fellow Rhinos prop Ben Cross, has been told he can leave Headingley on loan for the remainder of the Super League season.
The 24-year-old hasn’t featured for Leeds since being a replacement in the Rhinos’ victory over Catalan Dragons on Friday, May 13.
He’s keen for regular first team rugby league and Kear is hoping to fend off interest from other Super League clubs to bring him to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
“There’s certainly interest from my point of view,” Kear revealed.
“I’ll just have to go and see if it’s a similar vein from the chief executive because he controls the purse strings.”
He added: “He’s a good player, a really good player. I don’t think there will only be us interested.”
Kear is also keen on Australian prop Cross, who is also heading for the Rhinos exit door on loan, but admitted a move for Burgess is the more likely option.
“You could sign Luke today and he could play on Saturday, whereas you couldn’t do that with Ben,” he said.
“You’ve got to be realistic and weigh everything up. My personal preference because of what the club’s going through with signing young, British players would be Luke Burgess.”
Burgess is understood to be keen on a move to the NRL, where his younger brothers Sam and George both currently play, at the end of the season when his contract with Leeds is up.
Kear could also look further afield to bolster his squad after being impressed by young French duo Samy Masselot and Stanislav Robin, who are both registered to the club following a recommendation from Julien Rinaldi.
The pair play for French rugby league side Villeneuve, where Rinaldi is from, but have arrived in the Merrie City following the end of the season in France and have already featured in the red, white and blue in the Rugby League Nines competition.
And Robin, who plays half-back, and Masselot, who can play prop or second row, could feature in the Cats’ first team this season.
“He (Rinaldi) said they’re good kids, the season has finished and do you want to have a look at them.” said Kear.
“I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen up to now. They’re on our register but we’re thinking of dual registering them with a Championship 1 club which would allow them to play against the misters where we can have an even better look at them. They’ve played great in the two nines games that they’ve played in.”
“They’re on our register for this season so they could play in the first team, it’s a strong possibility.”
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