Oct 2 2013
England winger Tom Briscoe has signed for Leeds on a five-year deal from Hull FC, the Super League club have confirmed.
The 23-year-old, who was named in Steve McNamara's 24-man England squad for the World Cup on Tuesday, has made 130 appearances for Hull and scored 16 tries in the 2013 Super League season.
Briscoe told Leeds' official website: "I am really pleased to have my future sorted out before the focus turns to the World Cup with England. I was conscious that I did not want to rush into a decision and took my time before deciding what was the right move for me and my career.
"I came very close to moving to Australia and signing for Cronulla on a three-year deal but the attraction of Leeds and the exciting times that are ahead here at Headingley Carnegie changed things for me."
Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington added: "Everyone was aware of Tom's intention to leave Hull FC at the end of the season and a lot of the speculation was that he would move to Australia.
"He was given the go-ahead to speak to other clubs and our approach was made at the same time as he was going to accept the Cronulla offer.
"We outlined our offer and it was decided to leave the decision with Tom with the offer remaining 'on the table' until the end of this season. Tom put off his decision with Cronulla and eventually informed them of his decision not to accept. He later contacted me to accept our offer.
"I'm very pleased because we've signed a 23-year old world class player who has committed his best years to the Rhinos and at the same time, rejected the lure of the NRL.
"It's a good day for the Rhinos and the Super League."